Virginia Calles Martell, 95, a life long resident of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020 and now rejoices in the glory of eternal life with her Lord Jesus Christ. Virginia was born in Los Angeles, California on May 11, 1925, and was part of the Greatest Generation. Virginia spent a lifetime serving her family and others in her career, church, and civic affiliations.
Virginia was determined to find employment at the age of 16, so she walked to the state capitol to ask Governor Sidney P. Osborn for a job. The employees were amused by her confidence and “hutzpah.”
She graduated from Phoenix Union High School where she loved to perform in the annual presentation of the “Masque of the Yellow Moon”. Later in her life she studied Psychology and Law Enforcement at Arizona State University. She was hired by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in 1954, and was deputized by Sheriff Cal Boies. Virginia served in a variety of positions during her 36 year employment career. She also worked as a child probation officer, and in the women’s jail.
Virginia was a devoted member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. In her youth, she accompanied an Episcopalian priest to Guadalupe Indian Reservation to “pray and sing with the reservation people.” She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, a social sorority dedicated to friendship and civic service. She served in the Gamma Delta, and Xi Beta Pi chapters. A special achievement was serving as President for Beta Sigma Phi City Council.
She had a zest for life and her many passions included spending time with her family and friends, dancing, and listening to good jazz music. She loved to travel, especially overseas, and nurtured many long distance friendships. She enjoyed reading and engaged in many spirited discussions of current events in our world. She is preceded in death by cherished fiance Edward Young, parents Exiquio and Adela Calles, and 5 siblings, Frank Calles, Adeline Martindale, Ed Calles Jr., Tony Calles, and Cecilia “Ruby” Peake.
Virginia always considered her children to be her greatest achievement. She is survived by son Albert Martell (Peggy), daughter Michelle Ragan (David), daughter Marta Sabatino (Ernest), and son Frederick Martell. She adored her (5) grandchildren and (2) great grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place on Thursday, July 2, 5-8 pm at Messinger Indian School Mortuary. A graveside service will take place on Friday July 3rd at 9:30am at Paradise Memorial Gardens. 9300 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale.
Mom had a heartfelt compassion for charitable causes supporting children and veterans. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the charity of your choice.
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