Mrs. Maria Ann Pabon Martinez, 56, of Statesville, N.C., died Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Born in New York on July 30, 1963, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Pabon and Bella Schaefer Pabon, who survives. She was an RN in the emergency room and later at the Dialysis Center in Statesville.

Survivors include her husband, Ray; two sons, Andrew Martinez (Helena) and Matthew Martinez (Leann); two brothers, Steven Pabon (Nancy) and Michael Pabon (Susan); along with a sister, Millie Zamora (Louie). Also surviving are a step sister, Yvette Fine (Brian); her mother-in-law, Maria Silva; and three grandchildren, Nolan, Anna and Sofia.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at Nicholson Funeral Home with Rev. James Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at Nicholson Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitors are requested to please wear a mask to the visitation and service.

Condolences may be sent online to the family to

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: The West Iredell Dialysis Center, 115 Westbrook Lane, Statesville, NC 28625, The Iredell Memorial Hospital Institute for Nursing Excellence, 557 Brookdale Drive, Statesville, NC 28677 or to any of the nursing scholarship programs at Mitchell Community College, 500 W. Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

10 thoughts on “Maria Ann Pabon Martinez

  1. Theresa Campbell Plaster says:

    My heart breaks for her family!! I worked with her sweet husband years ago at Hunt Manufacturing. Maria was a WONDERFUL person and nurse. May God’s peace be with her family.

    • Marie Blackford says:

      Rest In Peace, Maria. Praying for your family. Friend of Yvette and Bria Fine.

  2. Barbara Simmerson says:

    I haven’t seen Maria in years (since our boys were young), but I thought of her often and always meant to reconnect. I remember lots of laughs with her when we worked together. I’m so sorry for all the family; my thoughts and prayers are with you all. A lesson here, don’t wait to reconnect with old friends.

  3. Edward Eldridge says:

    My Family and I send our deepest condolences to the Ray Martinez and family for their loss. Keeping your family in our prayers.

  4. Christina DePalma Maffucci says:

    It has been an honor and a blessing to have known Maria. She was a blessing in my life and to so many others. Undeniably, her legacy is sure to live on through the many lives she touched. I look forward to seeing heaven at Christmas time. I bet it will be more beautiful than ever!!!!

  5. Linda Thompson says:

    I worked with Maria in the ED for years. She had a strong work ethic. But I remember most that she LOVED Christmas. I am so sorry for your loss, family.

  6. I had the privilege of teaching Maria in nursing school and then working with her at Iredell Hospital. What a great nurse and patient advocate she was! She loved her family and loved her work! May you rest in the arms of Jesus, Maria!

  7. Greta Jordan says:

    I worked with Maria for many years in the ED. She had so many skills and talents…and so creative! A super smart nurse and took great care of her patients. I remember most how she loved her family-often talking about her very devoted husband and her boys❤️

  8. Leigh Caldwell says:

    Maria was a great person and I’m honored to call her my friend. She taught me many lessons early in my nursing career. I loved seeing her house at Christmas and scrapbooking with her. Her family meant the world to her. Many prayers for her family.

  9. Mildred Zamora says:

    Maria was amazing! She was my younger sister, my best friend, and she was strong. Loving! She was so much advanced for her time. Rest in heaven. I will miss you.

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