Martin T. Sena, age 95, born November 11, 1903, passed away January 3, 1999. Martin was one of five children born to Juan Sena and Trinidad Sierra Sena. Starting at the age of 13, he worked as a cowboy on ranches in Guadeloupe and San Miguel Counties and most of his life was spent as a rancher raising cattle and Quarter horses north of Cuervo. During the drought in the mid 1950's he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. In the mid 1960's he opened and ran a gasoline service station in Cuervo and continued to operate it until 1988. He has been residing in Albuquerque since 1988 and was at Camino Vista Nursing Home for the past 1 1/2 years. He was preceded in death by his sister and three brothers, his son-in-law, Johnny Lewis, and his grandson, Martin Lewis. He is survived by the mother of his daughters, Cecelia Sena; his daughters, Marta Lewis of Cuervo and Pat Bonham and husband, A.J. of Albuquerque; grandson, Jonell Lewis of Cuervo; brother, Horace Maes of Albuquerque; sister-in-law, Ramona Sena of San Antonio, TX along with many friends and other relatives. He is also survived by Jimmy Lucero who was a very special cousin to Martin. His life was made more complete because of the help and friendship he received from his"Primo", Benito Sena of Albuquerque. He was a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, American Quarter horse Association and was active in the Republican Party of New Mexico. Martin loved horses and cattle and enjoyed seeing a good horse in action and it was common to see him at rodeos and ropings throughout the area. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 1999 at Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 5, 1999 in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 6, 1999 at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the New Mexico Boys Ranch, 775 Hwy 304, Belen, NM 87002, or Cal Farley Boys Ranch, Amarillo, TX. Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Ave SE, in charge of arrangements.
Published on: Tue January 05, 1999