Died: Sunday Jul-07-2019
Funeral: Saturday Jul-20-2019
Morrison Funeral Home
188 S. Hwy 24
Rupert, Idaho 83350
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Ann H (Martinez) Solosabal 79, has been received into the loving arms of God.
Born to William O. and HazelDean Hunter in Rupert, Idaho on May 15, 1940. As a child, along with her younger brother William Ray Hunter and their parents, she lived and worked on a sheep ranch in Georgetown, Idaho. Later, they moved to Rupert, Idaho where the family continued to ranch. Ann and her brother worked alongside their parents on the ranch, where we believe her great love for animals was born. She attended local schools through senior high in Rupert. Next, she went on to college at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA , she then returned home to her love of animals. Ann loved and cared for her horse which she named “Dam-it”! She spent many hours riding along the canal and out to the north side; Ann and Dam-it went everywhere together. She soon married Sam (Blackie) Martinez and had two children Patricia A. “Pam”, and James E. Martinez. They later divorced and she married Walter E. Martinez, and had one more child, Christopher D. Martinez. They also divorced and she went on the raise all three children on her own. Things were not easy, they worked hard together to make ends meet by making their own cheese & butter from the cows and goats who were named creatively as "Delicious", "Tasty", and "Dinner". She also canned her own food, vegetables, and yummy juices from the garden, and made her own bread. As the kids grew, she began to sew clothes for them and herself as a way to save more pennies. This turned into a self-taught profession as a seamstress for the community and other family members which continued for decades until her passing. The family proudly hosted many “sourdough pancake breakfast parties” throughout the years as a way in which they could have their friends over to share what little they did have; this became a real treat for all their friends and neighbors.
She also had numerous other careers, one as a secretary for the Idaho youth ranch and Morgan-Shillington farms with her mother, HazelDean Hunter. She had a career driving school buses for Minidoka County for over twenty years while also working as cook for Ox Arango Sheep company. When her children were grown and on their own, she met her best friend and, later, husband, Valentine Solosabal, whom she was married to until his death in February 2000. They spent their time fishing, camping, and of course, more farming. After his death she turned her attention to volunteering with many organizations including People to People, Christmas Council, Waggin’ tails, and Therapy Pets, where she found her special place, the perfect fit for her and her love of animals and helping people. While working with these two organizations she was a great therapy pet trainer and loved her dogs Taco, Otis, and Abe. She was also a short term foster home for animals. Forever trying to learn as much as she could about everything, she read books on every subject she could find. Her loved ones are sure that she is happy wandering with a dog by her side and finding her special place in the next life.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents William O. Hunter and HazelDean Hunter, her younger brother William R. Hunter, her husbands, and her daughter Pam (Galow) Mills. She is survived by her sons James (Lynnette) Martinez, Christopher (Nena) Martinez, her grandchildren Lindsey (Jimmy) Burnett, Taylor Galow, Clay (Shawna) Crown, Kristy (Bobby) Finch, Kerry (Anthony) Rojas, Brian McGilvrey, Sean McGilvrey, and Shannen Gilbert, and her twelve great-grandchildren. She has left this world but has given so much to each and every person who was lucky enough to have met her and anyone who came by to have a cup of coffee and a visit, always the one who would share her knowledge, insight, and compassion.
Services will be held on Saturday July 20th at 11:00 AM at Rupert First Assembly of God church located at 402 H Street. More information can be found at Morrison Funeral Home website at www.morrisonfuneralhome.net. Please send memorial donations to www.therapypetsservingminicassia.com or www.waggintailsrescue.org or Hospice of Idaho in lieu of flowers.
Condolences for Ann Solosabal
From: Connie L Stansbury
We are going to miss your beautiful smile, your knowledge, and your great sense of humor. I had the pleasure of knowing you for 37 years, mostly through my work, and I have always admired you and all that you are. You will leave a big hole in a lot of peoples hearts, but we know you are with family and at rest. Sincere thoughts and sympathy goes out to your family and friends during this time of loss. Love you Ann.
From: Dale & Sally Matlock
Ann, You will be missed by all who knew you.
From: Darlene J Powers
My deepest condolences to the family. Ann was a part of our family as her son Chris is my brother-in-law. He had a great love for his mother and she will love forever in his heart. I am sure she had sis by her side while walking through the clouds with her daughter. Our Love goes to the family and to my brother and sister Chris and Nena, stay strong!
Love, Darlene and James Powers
From: Lori Fletcher
Ann will be truly missed. I have known ann since she joined our pet therapy group over a decade ago. she has been a great addition to our group with her standard poodles. All of them were rescues that were lucky enough to find a great home at Ann's. Ann and her dogs were a welcome sight at the schools they visited assisting kids in improving their reading skills. our group could always count on ann to cook up a great meal whenever we got together for a full day of evaluations. ann assisted our group by volunteering to be an evaluator for alliance of therapy dogs in order to assist other handlers to become qualified to visit facilities with their dogs. I loved stopping by ann's and having a cup of coffee while listening to stories of her past. Ann loved horses and dogs which we had in common. she shared memories of cooking at the sheep camps providing 3 meals a day for a bunch of hungry men.
From: Leslee Couch
Dear James and Lynette: so very sorry for your loss. She was such a special lady with a beautiful smile. God bless your families.
From: Becky Matlock
I remember Ann when she came down to see Chris in Vancouver. She likes sewing quilts and was helping Nena make a quilt. She was an very interesting person and I enjoyed visiting with her.
From: Ken Collins
My deepest condolences to the whole family. Ann will be very missed. I am sure that Marj (Rush-Collins) was there to greet her. Sending my love and prayers to you all. Ken Collins
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