Laura Marie Martino

Laura Marie Martino, 59, of Dickinson, Texas, passed away October 22, 2022. Laura was born February 19, 1963 in Texas City, Texas to parents, Charles Ottino Martino and Mary Therese (Petschelt) Martino. She was raised in Dickinson, and was a graduate of Dickinson High School.

Laura had a kind heart and a giving spirit. She chose to do things that helped people. She worked as a teacher’s aide at K.E. Little Elementary School helping with the children. She also worked as a care giver at a nursing home. But Laura’s helping was not limited to human beings. She loved animals and tried to save as many as she could. All her pets were rescues and she donated to the Humane Society whenever she could. She loved her fur family as much as her human family and we frequently received cards signed by Laura and her cats, Angelo and Julia. Laura was a member of Third Order Franciscans of Annunciation.

Laura is preceded in death by her father, Charles O. Martino, daughter, Andrea Raquel Martino and sister, Merci Ann Martino.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, mother, Mary Therese Martino; sister, Donna Willhelm and husband, Joseph, brother, Charles L. Martino (Rocky) and wife Terry, and eight nieces; Adrienne, Nichole, Ginette, Jacquelyn, Melissa, Tori, Charlotte and Brandee Lynn and their families.

In her honor, there will be a memorial service on Friday, November 11th at 10:30 am at Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Third Order Franciscans of Annunciation or the Humane Society of Dickinson.


  1. My sweet friend, Laura. My heart is near bursting from the loss of you. Rest well in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I love you and will see you again.

    Cynthia Nagel
  2. I have known Laura since high school. I did not see here very often in recent years but when I did she always greeted me with her beautiful smile and a warm hug. Peace be with you my friend.

    Chris Svahn
  3. I will forever cherish our friendship and all the wonderful memories we shared. I’m so thankful that you became a part of my life and we had 10 years of laughter, friendship and love. Laura, you had such a beautiful soul and a huge heart. Although my heart is heavy right now, I know that eventually my memories of you will put a smile on my face and love in my heart. I love you. Rest In Peace my dear, sweet Laura.

    Donna Stansfield
  4. I’m one of her friends from high school and I have kept contact with her for many years. Laura was a sweetheart to say the least. Always a praying soul as well. I will always cherish our friendship and our relationship as we were kids in school love you Lord have rest in sweet Heavenly peace

    Robin Watts
  5. Robert willhelm reminded of precious spirit and smiles

    Robert Willhelm
  6. Reminded of her spirit and smiles

    Robert Willhelm
  7. Peace to all her family and to all her friends the loved her and knew her

    Robert Willhelm
  8. Mary Martino, I am so sorry for your loss. I am the woman who has sat with you at Saturday 4:30 mass sometimes. I know how much Angelo and Julia meant to Laura and I have picked them up from the shelter. I am taking good care of them for Laura. I am here for anything you may need.

    Anna Marie Whelan
    • So very sorry to hear this! I graduated with Laura. Didn’t see her often. My husband and I ran into her a few years ago at The Fish place in Dickinson. We recognized one another and had a nice visit! . She had such a sweet spirit! Rest in peace, my friend. Prayers for your family!

      Michelle Shirley Thomason
  9. Mrs. Martino, I wanted to give you my condolences on Laura’s passing. She was such a beautiful spirit and had an amazing heart. Much love, Mindi

    Mindi Salas (Anderson)
    • Thank you so much. Laura had all of there kitty toys, food, liter and so forth we would like to bring over and give to you for them. How can we connect?
      Donna (281) 339-5124

      Donna Willhelm
      • I love you Laura and I can’t believe you left us at such a young age. I will miss you laugh and talking about the Astros. Laura was a huge fan of sports & got great pleasure rooting for her teams. She did not deserve the cards she was dealt. She and I prayed for each other and our families & fur babies. Such a wonderful…fun..loving…biggest heart & soul…..precious child of God…you are seeing your sister Mercy and your daughter who was your greatest loss. I will miss you my friend….”sista” (as we called each other)…LOVE TO YOU BABY GIRL…..SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY. MOM & DAD WILL SEE YOU AGAIN TOO….RIP SWEET ANGEL OF GOD! YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE IN LIFE HERE ON EARTH….KITT

        Katherine Hayles-Plummer
  10. My heart will forever be broken by the sad loss of my beautiful friend. She has the most loving soul a person could have. We talked weekly and she always asked about my family. I loved that she cherished animals and how she adored her cats! I KNOW she is at peace with our Lord and he has his arms wrapped tightly around this beautiful angel. I will miss her so much.
    And like she said to me, “Shine, Sister, shine!”
    I love you Laura!♥️

    Jeana Pappas
  11. Rest well DC (Dear Cousin). May you walk among the angels and rejoice in his presence. You will be missed. Until we meet again, love you.

    Therese McKeehan
  12. Laura Martino, Hi I wished I drove as we both had that issue. I would have seen you more, as you were a fine lady with a heart of Gold, you would have given your last meal, shirt or anything to anyone in need you will be missed, by so many. May you rest in the loving arms of our savior. Till we meet again. But now you can be with your daughter and be at peace from this cruel world.

    Cheryl Montalvo
    • Sorry to bear of Laura’s passing. We went o school together. She was always so sweet and beautiful.
      RiP Laura

      Jill Gaspard
  13. My soul is heavy with sorrow for losing you so quick and suddenly. With much love your Franciscan sister, Alice ofs

    Alice Flores
  14. Mrs .Whelan I am touched yo hear you took Angelo and Julia from the shelter. Laura got Julia from a cat I rescued and because she’s a pretty cat, Laura named her after Julia Robert’s in Pretty Woman. Laura was a Franciscan who prayed and suffered, and was little known for her gifts from Christ beneath her exterior. She attended our Dickinson Tau branch of the Annunciation Franciscans monthly. It’s hard to not rejoice on the sorrow of her leaving, hoping in the eternal beauty of Jesus and His Saints she followed and now shares in their peace and love unending! Jesus be with all her loved ones.

    John L Otis
  15. Laura and I went to high school together. I was always envious of her natural beauty 🙂 – beautiful brown hair, smile and eyes that were lit from inside indicating far more than surface good looks. She was kind and nice; never had a mean thing to say about anyone. Thankful that she is now with the Lord and happy.

    Robin Graves Laskowski
  16. Such sadness to hear the news of your merciful and kind heart passing from this material life. May you rest peacefully in the life hereafter.

    Craig Latimer
  17. I have known Laura Martino since I was 12 yrs old….biggest heart and soul you will ever know. We reunited when Harvey hit & she stayed with me & my family a few months….we had a blast laughing and carrying on. She loved her fur babies as she loved people in her life. So unfair all the suffering she endured (losing her only baby girl) to everything else she went through. She is seeing her daughter & her sister once again and I know she is a angel. She loved God and went to church devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ. I will miss you “little sista”…..until we see each other again. RIP

    Katherine Hayles-Plummer
  18. Sending peace, love and strength to everyone who knew and loved Laura. I knew her through Junior High and High School, and she was always such a kind and generous person.

    May she rest in peace.

    David Cobb
  19. God bless you and welcome you into His heavenly presence. You will be missed, Laura.

    Your sister in Christ.

    Rachel Prettyman
  20. Laura To the Women I fell in Love with years ago wish
    I could told again. Should have reached out to you before this happened. Maybe could be with us today

    Robert Clement
  21. Laura,
    Would like to Thank you for helping me to becoming a better person in life. Filling job applications, resumes and studies for water utilities License! To show so much Love and caring that i will hold in my heart forever.
    Hopefully we can meet in the next ! Life and share those feelings for each other ! I will always Love you Laura .
    Till we meet again.

    Robert Clement
  22. My thoughts and prayers with all her family and friends. I knew her from High School and Church. One of the kindest souls you would meet.

    Carolyn Bulot

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