Bea Martins, well-known local Pro-Life advocate, dies

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Beatrice M. Martins, better known to many as simply “Bea Martins,” a Fall River native and devoted supporter of the Pro-Life cause, passed away in Memorial Hospital in Worcester on March 5.


Anne Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, issued the following statement regarding Bea’s passing:

“We have lost our dear friend and fellow worker for life, Bea Martins. As a long-time member of the MCFL Board, Bea made the Pro-Life Banquet the yearly success that it is. She was an amazing chairman of the Fall River Chapter, involving so many people and keeping them focused on their life-saving work. Bea had suffered ill-health for quite a while but, in spite of that, she kept up her Pro-Life work until the very end.

“When we think of Bea, we think of Congressman Henry Hyde's words:

‘When the time comes, as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I’ve often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God — and a terror will rip your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the Pro-Life movement will not be alone. I think there’ll be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world — and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, ‘Spare him, because he loved us!’

“We know that Bea's prayers will sustain our work.  God bless you, Bea!”

Beatrice M. (Oliveira) Martins, of Fall River, wife of the Joseph Martins, was born in Fall River, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Perereira) Oliveira. She was an Operations Manager for AT&T.

In addition to her husband she leaves her children, Christine Moffett-Cartette of Fall River; Peter Martins of Oregon; and Susan Belmore of Fall River; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Clara Custy of Tiverton, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Amelia Martin.

Her funeral will be held Friday, March 9 at 9 a.m. from the Silva-Faria Funeral Home, 730 Bedford Street, with her Funeral Mass to follow at Holy Trinity Church in Fall River at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Notre Dame Cemetery. 

Visiting hours are Thursday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bea Martin’s memory to Mass. Citizens for Life, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M9, Boston, Mass. 02129 or to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 1470, Fall River, Mass. 02722.

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