OBITUARY: Ana Maria Perez

Ana Maria Perez, 81, passed away January 30, 2024, after a brief illness. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by her children, Tracie Ann Marquez, John Travis Perez, Julio Trejo Perez Jr., and her husband of 60 years, Julio Trejo Perez Sr.

Born Ana Maria Martínez on September 6, 1942, in Marfa, Texas, and as a youth attended historic Blackwell Elementary in Marfa. After graduating from Marfa High School, she sought her education at Southwest Texas State Junior College in Uvalde, Texas, and Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in English, French and Spanish. She completed her formal education with a Master’s degree in bilingual education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.

During her post-secondary education she met and fell in love with Julio Trejo Perez Sr. of Carrizo Springs, Texas. They married in 1965 and together began raising a family while they started as teachers in Carrizo Springs. Ana taught various grade levels in Carrizo Springs and made many students feel worthy by sharing the belief they were special given they were bilingual. In 1983, shortly after supporting her husband’s pursuit of the Diaconate, she wholeheartedly joined in their decision for Julio to become a member of the Department of State’s Foreign Service as a diplomat and live overseas as he served his country in embassies representing the United States. Through these travels Ana Maria supported her family as best as she could and still provided educational services as a teacher at various international schools. She taught in Amman, Jordan; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and San Jose, Costa Rica. Here she also made a difference in many students’ lives with her message of positivity, strength and encouragement.

From the posts in Central America, Ana devotedly traveled with Julio as he continued his career in the diplomatic corps. With assignments to posts in Georgetown, Guyana; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Luanda, Angola, Ana pivoted away from teaching and began doing her part to help the communities of those serving the embassies through various roles. The culmination of this was when she was the community liaison officer at their last post in Luanda, Angola. After their time overseas, Ana and Julio traveled stateside for a time from their base in Washington D.C. as Julio continued work in the State Department as a member of the Board of Examiners for new diplomats to the Department of State.

After Julio’s retirement in 2004, Ana and he settled in Fort Worth, Texas, to be close to her children and their growing families. The final and most rewarding stage of her life was spent in Fort Worth, where she took on the role of full-time grandma to her grandchildren, Mary Elyse, John August, Caroline Grace and Catherine Sophia of Houston, Texas; and Elizabeth Ann and Joseph Daniel of Fort Worth, Texas. She always said she lived for her grandchildren as they helped keep her active, engaged and young! Dedicated to them, her most cherished and fondest memories are those of the times spent with her grandchildren, be it on travels with them to Round Top, Houston, Flagstaff, Arkansas, or her home base in Fort Worth. Along with her children who have reached acclaim in their own right, her grandchildren were her greatest legacy!

The fifth of six siblings, Ana Maria, is survived by her brother, Jesse J. Martinez and wife Delma Martinez; her husband, Julio Sr.; her daughter, Tracie, with husband Isael Marquez and their children, Elizabeth Ann and Joseph Daniel; her son John with wife Colette and their children, Mary Elyse, John August, Caroline Grace and Catherine Sophia; and her son Julio Jr. She also has many nieces, nephews, and godchildren whom she all loved as her own.

Ana Maria is preceded in death by her parents, Secundino and Jesusita Martinez; her brothers, Juan Martinez, David Martinez, Trinidad Najar and Lorena Rice.

Visitation was February 2, 2024, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth with the Rosary and funeral on February 3, 2024, at Live Oak Chapel in Fort Worth followed by interment at Greenwood Memorial Park.