Beloved mother, grandmother “Yaya,” daughter, sister, aunt and cousin Terri Martel passed away on May 29, 2019, at the age of 65 of natural causes in Banning.
Terri was born May 15, 1954 in Banning to Margaret Olvera Cardoza and John “Chuco” Andrade.
Terri was a lifelong Banning resident and a member of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Banning.
Terri worked her entire life.
As a young adult she worked at the local pantsmaker in Banning, and at the Deutsch Company where she worked for many years.
As an older adult she worked for 20 years plus at KSD, thereafter retiring.
Terri was a graduate of the 1972 class of Banning High School.
During her young teenage years Terri was a member of the Mexican American student group, MEChA, which was an organization that promoted and advocated for Chicano unity and empowerment through political action.
Terri was very proud of her involvement with the MEChA Organization and told many stories of her participation in several marches throughout Southern California.
She even marched with Cesar Chavez, the American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.
Terri was a huge Raiders, Dodgers and boxing fan.
Terri was a private person but truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends at family barbecues and celebrations.
Terri loved going to Native American powwows and celebrations and eating her favorite food, Indian tacos.
Terri was a big music enthusiast and especially loved listening to her “Oldies but Goodies”: The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival “Old School,” Native American and Mexican music collection.