Marta Milagros Serrano Oxios Spencer was born on March 4, 1942 to Agapito Serrano and Modesta Oxios in Ponce, Puerto Rico. When Marta was 9 years old, she came to live in the Southern Boulevard section of the Bronx. Marta was number 13 of 18 siblings and is survived by Digna, Noemi, Bernalda, Julie, Elba, and Luz.
On November 4, 1961, Marta married Ronald D. Spencer. The couple had 4 children, Maria Lisa, Rosanne Modesta, Dolores Belinda, and Mark Ronald. Marta’s husband sadly passed away on September 11, 1970. Marta is survived by all 4 children.
Marta worked at the NYC Public School 226 on Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx as a School Lunch Helper Cook. She retired on March 25, 2004. Marta loved her job, the co-workers and the children absolutely gravitated towards her loving and lively spirit.
Marta had many interests, outside of loving her family. Her top interests were Salsa music/dancing, the Boogie down Bronx Yankees, and her beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where she visited often. Marta also loved going to Orchard Beach in the Bronx to play paddle ball, dominoes, and soak up the sun. She danced every Sunday at Orchard Beach to live salsa bands, and she will definitely be remembered for being the life of the party with her infectious good energy. Marta was very creative with arts and crafts. She would create party favors for our birthday parties, family events, cooked homemade Puerto Rican dishes, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Marta had great joy simply just being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren doing crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Marta is survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
When we think about our Mom, there are an endless amount of words, emotions, and thoughts that come to mind. Her kindness, courage, and sacrificially raised 4 children by herself, and how she served selfishly our family throughout the years. Marta leaves behind a beautiful legacy of unconditional love, tradition, and commitment to her family. Mom, we will never forget you, your love for us, and we will live on your legacy.