September 24, 1949 ~ November 15, 2018

Born in: Brighton, Colorado
Resided in: Arvada, Colorado

The heavenly gates opened on November 15, 2018, to welcome our beloved sister, daughter and aunt, Hope Martinez. Hope was born on September 24, 1949 and was the oldest of four children. She was raised and received her primary education in Brighton, Colorado. After graduating from Brighton High School, she attended the University of Northern Colorado where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education. Hope was the first person in both her paternal and maternal sides of the family to attend a university. While attending the University of Northern Colorado she not only excelled in her studies but was very active in social justice causes. During this time she also developed a passion for painting. After completing college, Hope taught migrant children in the Fort Lupton School District. She was married for a brief period of time, moved to Pensacola, Florida where she taught special needs children. While living in Florida she developed a love of the ocean and learned to scuba dive and participated in various water sports.

Hope was a nature lover and enjoyed traveling. She loved going to the mountains with family and especially enjoyed visiting the Caribbean Islands and Hawaiian Islands.

After several years of teaching, Hope decided to make a career change and became a computer systems analyst at Mountain Bell. In many ways Hope was a trailblazer. She was not only the first person in her family to attend college but she entered into a profession which at the time was dominated primarily by men. Nonetheless, she excelled in her profession.

In 1980, Hope remarried and later moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. During the time she lived in Indiana she delighted in going to the Indianapolis 500 and the Kentucky Derby.

Although Hope had no biological children, she adored children including her nieces, nephews, stepchildren and step grandchildren. Hope had a very kind spirit; was very generous, often helping people who were less fortunate and in need of help. She also regularly contributed to numerous nonprofit agencies.

Hope retired from IBM in 2008. During Hopes retirement years she took joy in working in her garden and being a homemaker. Hope relished the holidays especially Christmas. She would always lavishly decorate her home for Christmas and hosted great family gatherings.

Hope fought a courageous fight against her cancer. During her treatment she was strong, independent, determined and optimistic. Even though Hope is no longer with us on this earth, her legacy will live on, forever, in all of us.

Hope will be lovingly remembered by her mother, Edubina Gallegos; sister, Linda Hernandez; brothers, Augustine Hernandez (Paula), Robert Hernandez (Jeannie); numerous nieces, nephews, stepchildren, step grandchildren, and other extended family and dear friends. Hope was predeceased by her father, Louis Hernandez.

The family will receive friends during visitation on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 3:00 – 6:00 PM, at Horan & McConaty, 7577 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80003.

Memorial Services honoring Hope will be on Friday, November 30, 2018, beginning at 11:00 AM, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80003, with reception to follow.

Memorial contributions are welcome to: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., Fifth floor, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851

Please share your memories of Hope and condolences with her family by signing the guestbook below.


Visitation: November 20, 2018 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

Memorial Service: November 30, 2018 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

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    • They say “don’t stand around & mourn me after death,. Visit me while I am Alive & tell me how much you care about me”
      I missed making that telephone call, visiting while I was in Denver for a short week, but you My Lady, were always on my mind.
      You treated me like a Princess, in a Family of Men & Boys.
      You made me feel Special & that feeling of being Special has lasted My Lifetime;. You My Beautiful, Gentle Friend, taught me to be a Lady, encouraged me to talk about my akward teen self & really listened, You healed Me!
      I Wish I had made that call I thought of making Daily, I Was ah I could of visited during my rushed stay in Colorado,. But I know you knew that I loved you & made such a positive impact on My Life making me the Woman I am today!
      As you are Watching Me from Heaven with your Twinkling, Gentle, expression of Unconditional Love, Please Guide Me with your Gentleness & Kindness, as I continue on this Journey, we call Life.
      The time I wish I could of sat with you, unfortunately I learned of your illness , a short time ago.
      May you Rest & Rein in Peace!
      My Beautiful Elder!
      Shine on Me!

  1. Offering deepest sympathy to Hope’s family and extended family. Let the warm memories you have of her bring you much comfort, as well as the hope of seeing her again as promised at John 6:40.

  2. Our condolences to the Hernandez family and friends. Thank God for the memories that keep her alive in your hearts and minds. We will be praying for you..

  3. Our prayers and condolences go out to all of Hope’s family and friends. Hope fought a long battle against cancer but maybe we can remember her as she lived in her best years.

  4. So sorry for your loss. We have hope in a resurrection according to Acts 24:15 which says “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous”.

  5. I am grateful to have have Hope as my friend since we were 18. She has always been a steady and loyal friend who held my confidences and shared my values. I love Hope and she loved me. She was an adopted aunt to my daughter and a god mother to my grandchildren. Many times she offered the perspective I needed in life. Always clear in her “yes” or her “no”. Super intelligent, quick wit and kindness on reflection. I don’t know how to say goodby to her and wish for one more good conversation. Not that there were things unsaid but there was more to say. May she be free of suffering and may she know she made our lives so much better by her friendship to us.

  6. To my Aunt Edu and cousins, we extend our deepest sympathies at the loss of Hope. We pray for peace during this difficult time. With love Clora Gallegos and Dave & Kathy Delgado

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