165 attend 34th annual Munoz-San Miguel family reunion
The 34th Munoz-San Miguel family reunion commemorating long-time Sharp residents Ignacio and Anita Munoz was held at the Lester & Beatrice Civic Center in Cameron Aug. 3-5 with 165 family and friends in attendance.
Ignacio and Anita were married in Sharp on April 21, 1917 and had 12 children. They raised their family on several small farms in Milam County, with the Sharp community considered home to the family when they purchased a farm in 1944. Ignacio and Anita lived on the family farm until 1967 when they moved to Houston. Descendants are Isadora, Ernest, Lee, Arthur, Domingo (Sunny), Rose, Mary Ann, Raymond, Mary Harriet, Sarah, Annie and Delores.
Friday, family members decorated the hall with a school spirit theme. Isidoro Rojas, David and Vincent Munoz displayed their football letter jackets from San Gabriel, Rockdale and Lancaster high schools. Other family members displayed diplomas, school albums and classroom pictures.
Family and friends enjoyed browsing photos and keepsakes. Of special interest was Raymond’s replica of the family farm, constructed of popsicles sticks, a work in progress as he adds items each year.
An “Old Codgers” yard art bird constructed by Arthur Munoz from old farm implements and gardening tools commemorating the retirement of Ernest, Lee and Raymond Munoz was displayed. Munoz-Roman and San Miguel-Alcorta family trees researched and compiled by Jesse Varela were available for viewing.
The reunion invitation designed by Linda Temoyosa and Amber Ortega-Copeland featured the cover of the 1951 Sharp Mustang school annual.
Saturday, Judie and Billy Adams cooked briskets and sausage and family members and friends brought side dishes and desserts. Roland Rojas, reunion president and emcee, led the family in prayer as members not present were remembered, especially Mary Ann Nieto who was unable to attend.
Several family members wore their school/ college t-shirts and several proudly wore Sharp Mustang t-shirts, thanks to Hilary Ramirez’s design.
In attendance were nieces of Anita’s, Rafaela San Miguel and Janie Voigt (husband Tom) of San Antonio, Maria Ester Martinez of Monterey,
Mexico, Esperanza Flores and Angelica Sarabia of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Eldest member attending was Trinidad Munoz of Rockdale, 91, mother of Doris Peart, Ernie, David and Richard Munoz. Youngest attending was Jacob Varela, 19 months, of Cypress. Newest family member attending was Yahya Kashkash, husband of Nadine Al-Ahmed. They were also the couple married most recently, 3 months.
Janet Munoz Al-Ahmedi and family from Jeddah, Saudia Arabia traveled the greatest distance. Best of show plaque was given to Norman and Adelina Ortiz as all of their family members were present.
Helen Munoz and Jesus Herrera greeted at the registration table. Attendees received name tags with a photo of the Munoz sibling to whom they were related. Laura Ramirez designed the tags.
The kitchen crew included Judie and Billy Adams, Jo Ann Long, Jennifer, Nicole and Jayna Cassidy, Doris Peart, Laura Ramirez, Ray and Ruby Munoz, Rayan Al-Ahmed, Rosemary Coufal and Lonita Munoz.
Gifts baskets donated by family members were used as a silent auction fund-raiser conducted by David Rojas, Rosemary Coufal and Jason Varela.
Children’s games were led by Cynthia, Jeff and Elizabeth Baylor, Dean, Lisa and Heather Nieto, Hilary Ramirez, Danielle Motl and Amber Ortega-Copeland. A cupcake walk, a version of the game “A Minute To Win It,” were highlights of the evening.
Handmade crafts and other items in the “country store” raised funds to offset reunion expenses. Jo Ann Long, Jennifer, Nicole and Jayna Cassidy, Laura Varela and Gaby Herrera ran the store.
An anonymous donation of an iPad was used as another fund-raiser, Jacob Varela was the lucky winner.
An annual competition of crafts and baked goods for men, women and children was conducted in age divisions, with attendees voting on their favorites. Amber Ortega-Copeland and Brandi Ortega organized this activity. Winners were:
Ignacio Award—Billy Adams for his wooden Thorndale Bulldog.
Anita Award—1st, Hilary Ramirez, duct tape flower pens; 2nd, Rita Motl, sewing dolls; 3rd. (tie) Mary Harriet Ortega, dulce de leche cemada, and Judie Adams, praline cookies; 4th, Cynthia Baylor, weedie-weedie sign.
Ernesto Award—Richard Ramirez, painting/ self-portrait.
Isidora Award—1st, Victoria Munoz, freehand pencil drawings; 2nd, Elizabeth Baylor, sopapilla cheesecake; 3rd, Heather Nieto, photograph collage; 4th, Allison Campbell, drawings.
Young Ladies Award—Nadia Cabiness, flower arrangement.
Junior Girls—1st, Adriana Cabiness, angel wind chimes; 2nd, Tamera Copeland, clay pot wind chimes; 3rd, Zoe Hernandez, yarn and paper crow.
Junior Boys—Santiago Munoz, monster car and Dad trophy.
Tiny Tots Girls—1st, Rileigh Jamies, family stepping stone; 2nd, Madison Varela, sun catchers; 3rd, Bella Munoz, homemade piñata.
Tiny Tots Boys—Benacio Munoz, Dad’s poem plaque.
Family members gathered Sunday for a breakfast of menudo and chorizo tacos and the annual meeting. The 35th reunion will be held July 11-13, 2013, again at the Williams Civic Center in Cameron.
Sunday afternoon the family enjoyed visiting, bingo, games and a candy-filled piñata for the children.