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Daisy Dalbel Brens Martinez



Born Daisy Dalbel Martinez Ozuna on April 29, 1928, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, she was the middle of three surviving children to Jose and Lucia.  She was a person who projected beyond her environment where the expectation for women traditionally amounted to getting married and having children.  She did all of those and still managed to get a degree in child psychology with a minor in law from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere.

She loved to travel and she especially sought the arts.  She enjoyed all types of music but had a marked period listening to the classical genre, even taking up the study of the violin.  One of her predilections was listening to songs with meaningful prose or poetic lyrics.  Therefore, she truly enjoyed the old Tangos and other classic Latin-American works, including poetry.  She wrote poetry for events such as the birth of each her children.  Daisy did not have an easy life as she struggled to assert herself against the pressures of the traditionally confining atmosphere of her youth, as it was for most women.  She traveled twice to many countries in Europe and also visited Morocco and Curacao.

Daisy settled in Carpinteria, in 2001 and remained here until her death on November, 6, 2009.  She was a complicated individual whose humanity, desire for good, memories and personality were compromised by the onset and progress of Alzheimer’s disease.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Dárico Martinez and husband Oscar Brens.  Her sisters Dineya Franklin, Denis Martinez, Denia Carreras, brother Donald Martinez, her children Daisy Lucia Smith, Carlos Brens and Maghandy DeSilva and her six grandchildren, Andre, Nathanael, Jeremy, Benjamin, Cassandra and Gwendolyn miss her very much.

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