Annette Martinez (nee Kennedy)

(1981 - 2014)

She was a contradiction in terms; extravagant and down to earth at the same time. Annette might head out to a rodeo on a Wednesday; a wine tasting or five star dining on a Thursday. She was an outdoorsy girl with a flair for makeup and fashion. Annette had Southern roots and a refinement that came from a military brat upbringing. She not only travelled the world, she internalized it. Like the good times she enjoyed, her friends were also an eclectic group; Annette could relate to anyone. Same goes with her cooking: she’d try to make a casserole out of everything. If she didn’t put it in a dish it was probably because she ran out of room. Most of her life was spent making sure everyone else was taken care of. If her kids wanted to see Frozen for the 100th time, Annette was game. She might not have been the strictest parent but she endeavored for her kids to eat vegetables and spend some time outside. She even took them camping even if it was just in their backyard. After studying business at Burlington County Institute of Technology Annette headed out into the world, always dressed for success. Recent years found her working at Firmenich in Princeton.
Annette was the wife of Luis Martinez and mother of Colin M.D. Dilks, Aubrie R. Martinez and Santana S. Martinez and is survived by her father, Donald and siblings, Katie Freeburn and Donald F. Kennedy II. She was pre-deceased by her best friend and confidante, Betty Jo, who also happened to be her mother.
Come celebrate 33 zestful years Sunday 3-6 p.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Beverly, where there will be a 6 p.m. service.

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