150 attend 33rd Munoz-San Miguel reunion

Reunion reporter

CAMERON—The 33rd annual Munoz- San Miguel family reunion commemorating long-time Sharp residents Ignacio and Anita Munoz was held at Williams Civic Center in Cameron, attended by about 150 family members and friends.

A circus theme with colorful decorations was featured.

Ignacio and Anita Munoz married at Sharp on April 21, 1917 and had 12 children. They raised their large family on several small farms in Milam County, but the Sharp community was considered home when they purchased a farm in 1944. Ignacio and Anita lived on the farm until 1967 when they moved to Houston.

Their descendents are Isidora, Ernest, Lee, Arthur, Domingo, Rose, Mary Ann, Raymond, Harriet, Sarah, Annie and Delores.

Activities began Friday afternoon when family members gathered at the center to decorate and set up the tables. They browsed a memory table of numerous keepsakes and items, including Ignacio and Anita’s wedding photo and Anita’s wedding dress. Sarah Garcia, Annie Rojas and Gaby Herrera were responsible for the display.

Raymond Munoz’s replica of the family farm house, constructed out of popsicle sticks, was also featured. He continues to add to it each year.

Harriet Ortega, Cynthia Baylor and Linda Temeyosa created a circus theme invitation which also depicted a picture of Bill Peart dressed in a colorful clown costume.

Roland Rojas, master of ceremonies, gave the welcome. Members and friends lost over the past year were Lucio Munoz, Paul Villanueva, Lois Mata Ortiz, Debbie Munoz, Rebecca Nieto and Nancy Olivarri.

Saturday, family and friends enjoyed a barbecue meal. Judie (Munoz) and Billy Adams cooked briskets and sausage and family members and friends brought desserts and casseroles. Roman Montelongo, son of Richard Munoz, gave the invocation.

Rafaela San Miguel and Janie San Miguel Voigt (husband, Tom) of San Antonio, nieces of Anita San Miguel Munoz, joined in the celebration. Their father, Ismael San Miguel lived at Sharp in the 1940’s before moving to California. Also attending were Patsy (Alcorta) Deleon and family from San Antonio and Frank and Doralia Valtierra from Fort Worth; their grandfather, Vivano Alcorta and the descendants’ grandmother, Cayetana Alcorta were brother and sister. Also, in attendance were Maria Ester Martinez and her family from Monterey, Mexico, a niece of Anita San Miguel Munoz.

Eldest member attending was Trinidad Munoz, mother of Doris (Munoz) Peart, Ernie, David and Richard Munoz. Jacob Zachary Varela, son of Laurie and Jason Varela, was youngest attendee. Two new family members were welcomed, Daniel Scott Connelly III, son of Christina Munoz and Daniel Connelly, and Jaxon Thomas Ortega, son of Andrew Ortega and Lea McKee.

Helen and Ruby Munoz greeted everyone at the registration table, providing name tags and updating addresses. Name tags featured a picture of the Munoz sibling to whom attendees were directly related. The name tags were designed by Laura Ramirez, daughter of Annie Rojas.

Special thanks were expressed to the kitchen crew: Judie and Billy Adams, Jo Ann Long, Doris Peart, Ruby and Ray Munoz, Jennifer and Nicole Cassady, Brandon Ortega, Jerry Cruz, Rita Motl, Laura Ramirez and Roland Rojas.

Children enjoyed indoor games and a candy-filled clown piƱata while the grownups tried their hand at washers and other games, coordinated by Brandi and Amber Ortega, Jonlyn Cortez, Jerrica Cruz, Lydia Garcia, Karen Perry, Cynthia, Jeff and Elizabeth Baylor and Brittany Pauly. A cake walk also drew much interest.

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