Sabrina Leigh Tuttle was born on April 28, 1961, to Dahlia Tuttle in Takoma Park, Maryland. She died on July 17, 2017, In Globe, Arizona.
Sabrina was a vivacious child, a ball of energy. She loved both running and horses and participated in her track and cross-country running teams in school. She graduated from Western Branch High School and then Virginia Tech for her B.A. in English Literature. Sabrina continued her education at the University of North Carolina with a Masters in Folklore, and an M.A. from North Carolina State and Ph.D. from Texas A & M. in Agricultural Education,
Between degrees, Sabrina served in the Peace Corps in Honduras, helping with local livestock projects. There she met her future husband, Domingo Martinez. Sabrina sought to spread her knowledge to the next generation, teaching gardening and nutrition at the San Carlos Apache Reservation for 13 years.Her initiatives there allowed her to travel to Ireland and Thailand on international extension projects.
Sabrina joined Phoenix Friends Meeting in 2008. She and Domingo and their daughter Kendra formed a close and loving family.
Even though Sabrina and her family lived in Globe, she came to Meeting when she could and brought Kendra, who was a member of our First Day School for many years. Sabrina and Kendra both attended monthly poetry gatherings before Meeting for worship, and they both wrote exceptional poems. Sabrina contributed regularly to the Meeting newsletter with articles and quotes of spiritual insight.
Sabina struggled with several medical difficulties and eventually was diagnosed with cancer. But even after her diagnosis she fought to not let disease stop her form doing the things she loved most. She continued to ride and care for her horse that had a pedigree lineage.
Phoenix Friends visited Sabrina at home on two occasions, delighting in the back yard and garden where Sabrina fostered several small animals. She was an enthusiastic welcoming hostess.
Sabrina was a loving wife to Domingo Martinez, a compassionate mother to Kendra Martinez, and a favorite when visiting other family members.
Other family members include her husband Domingo, her daughter Kendra, her mother Dahlia Tuttle, sister Lynne Tuttle, and and extended family on both sides.
Sabrina will be remembered for her joy of living, her strength of character, and her kind and loving spirit. She was always an example of courage. Although she is no longer with us, her memory will live on our hearts.