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SEARCY, Velma "Dee" (Echaves, Lowenthal ) Martinez 51, was taken suddenly from us Dec. 8, 2016. Born in San Fernando, Calif., Dee was the youngest daughter of Christopher and Velma Martinez. Velma resided in Quartz Hill Calif. with her two sons; David and Christopher Lowenthal. During Velma's time in the AV, 1969-2016, she achieved so much; From graduating at the young age of 16 to an internship in aerospace starting at age 17, her career spanned more than 30 years. Velma opened a small, woman owned business in 2010, Aerowire Technical Services, building complex wire harnesses for military and commercial aircraft. Aerowire Technical Services was given a certificate of recognition by the Calif. Legislative Assembly in 2012 and by Senator Steve Knight in 2013. A member of the AV Board and Trade, Palmdale Chamber of Commerce, Palmdale Sheriffs Boosters and Director in the AV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Velma's involvement in the community was extensive. She was also involved in the boosters club at Quartz Hill High School and donated many items from her aerospace shop to QHHS where she herself went to school. Preceded in death by her father Christopher E. Martinez Velma is survived by mother Velma Martinez, sons: Larry Echaves, Michael Echaves, David Lowenthal and Christopher Lowenthal; sisters: Mary Martinez, Christine (Colin) Barker, Teri (Ross) Johnson; brother , Joseph Martinez and many nieces and nephews. Velma will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege to know her; such a blessing, loving her now and always. Services will be held on Mon., Jan. 30, 2017 at 10:00am at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall Calif. , 91321.

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