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.

9 thoughts on “Annette Martinez (nee Kennedy)

  1. Kim Irelan

    Annette was always the one to bring a smile into someone’s day and the Sunshine into a room. I will miss the many days we sat at the Firmenich picnic tabel and just talked or just leaned on eachother for comfort on a hard day. My heart goes out to your incredible 3 kids and your family. You will be missed but will always be in our hearts.

  2. Luanna Monteiro

    There can be many things said about my Sunshine. We met in middle school and became instant friends. She was and will always be a wonderful person. Always so full of life. Although over the years we didn’t see each other much, but we kept in touch like everyone else, through Facebook. I loved seeing you mature into a beautiful woman. I loved seeing the joy your children felt to have such a wonderful mom. You will be missed by many my dear friend. My prayers are with you, your dad, Donnie, and your children.

  3. Dawn Harris

    I met Annette years ago when she moved onto my street and watched Colin when he was born for awhile. She was always kind and caring. She will be missed by so many. My prayers to her beautiful children and family. RIP beautiful.

  4. Kelly Gadebusch

    A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept my condolences, she will not be forgotten.

  5. Patricia Hill

    I only knew Annette thur our mutual friend Patty but I did get a chance to enjoy some memorable family occasions with her. Annette was an intelligent and caring woman. I remember all to well how much she cared about Patty and was always there at family events with her and her children and Lou. She will be missed and kindly remembered and my she forever rest well in the heavens with God as we know we will all meet again.

  6. Kasia Trott

    Annette will be truly misssed. My heart is filled with such sadness at the loss of a friend who believed that life was a banquet and most poor suckers are starvng to death. She did not want to miss out on anything. Her love was strong and her heart true. I am sure she is with her Mom and they are having a great time.
    Please watch over me my friend and steer me away from the evils of this world.
    I’ll see you at the bridge!

  7. Sharon Perine

    My deepest condolences to Annette’s Husband, Children, Family, and Friends.
    This obituary was the most well written tribute I have ever read, and it truly is filled with love and heart.
    I pray that you may find daily peace in focusing on the happy memories in which Annette was a shining part of.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Sharon Perine (Former Firmenich Co-Worker)

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