Karen Harris Martinez

September 9, 1957 – June 14, 2022
BOWIE – Karen Harris Martinez, 64, died on June 14, 2022.
A celebration of life be at 11 a.m. on June 21 at First United Methodist Church in Bowie. The Reverend Todd Harris will officiate.
Martinez was born on Sept. 9, 1957 in Dallas to Roy O. and Myrtle Harris. She grew up in El Paso where she graduated from W. H. Burgess High School. She represented the state as Miss Texas in the Miss America Pageant. She worked as a paralegal and certified mediator for international law firms in Dallas for 20 years and later returned to El Paso to work in the family printing business.
She graduated from Wesley Biblical Seminary with a master of divinity where she met the Rev. Steve Martinez. They married on Jan. 1, 2010. She felt the call to preach and pastored churches throughout the New Mexico and North Texas Conferences, most recently serving as pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church of Wichita Falls. She also worked as a hospice chaplain for Hospice of Wichita Falls.
She is preceeded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Steve Martinez, Bowie; brother, Ron Harris, El Paso; daughter, Kathryn Sikes, Dallas; stepson, first lieutenant Rafael Martinez, Winchester, NH and five grandsons.
Memorials may be made in her name to First United Methodist Church of Bowie or Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.