HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Lisa Bower Martínez, 56, of Hannibal, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Lisa was born Nov. 15, 1960, in Camp Point, Ill., to Jay R. Bower and Shirley Day Bower.
At a young age Lisa moved with her family to Quincy, Ill. While at Quincy High School, Lisa was active in theater, choir and band. She stole the show in roles such as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" and Molly in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."
In college at Southern Methodist University, Lisa majored in musical theater.
During college she met her husband, Andy Martínez, while attending Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Christ became Lord of her life while on a mission to Mexico with the Baptist Student Mission. Lisa then followed the Lord's call to serve as a marriage and family counselor.
Once married, Lisa and Andy served at a Presbyterian church in Glendora, Calif., before joining the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in church planting.
Three wonderful children were born during this time in Dallas -- Peter Björn Martínez (Alexis), Lauren Martínez Olinger (David), and Joy Claire De Aguilar Martínez. Each day just before leaving for school, Lisa taught the kids a verse from the Bible and she asked them to pray for three friends. This happened every day, and many they prayed for came to know the Lord.
Lisa supported the startup of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the Outer Banks High School and youth groups at each of the churches she served with Andy.
With her husband, Lisa lived in Glendora, Calif.; Pasadena, Calif.; Mission Viejo, Calif.; Grapevine, Texas; Waynesburg, Pa.; Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; Elk Rapids, Mich.; and Hannibal.
In each of these locations, Lisa fiercely loved and supported her husband and her three children.
Lisa loved God with thanksgiving and served him faithfully. She inspired many and loved others sacrificially.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, at First Presbyterian Church, Hannibal. Private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Ill.
VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, Quincy, Ill., and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
MEMORIALS: Gifts to honor Lisa may be made at gofundme.com, then search for Lisa Martínez of Hannibal.
ARRANGEMENTS: James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.