Wednesday, August 5, 1998
Madrid descendants gather for reunion
The children of Anastacio and Micaela Madrid held their first family reunion on July 18, in Pecos and was attended by 150 family members.
A special mass of thanksgiving was held Saturday morning at the Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church with Father Ben Flores officiating. At that time family members offered red roses to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe while the children of the deceased family members offered white roses.
An orange rose was offered by the eldest grandchild present to represent all 56 grandchildren and the eldest great grandchild offered a peach rose to represent all 108 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
A reception followed at the Reeves County Civic Center. After family introductions were made the group enjoyed the rest of the day getting reacquianted. Activities for the children included a dunking booth, pinata and a watermelon seed spitting contest.
The men enjoyed a two-man team washer tourney which had 12 teams competing. The overall winners were Tony Gonzales of Austin and Arturo Granado of Pecos.
Family members also enjoyed walking through the family display tables which were set up by each family group. Displayed were photo albums, wedding pictures, family trees and one wedding gown. Family members also wore different color T-shirts to distinguish the family group with an Aztec family pyramid design made by family member Javier Gonzales of Pecos.
A D.J. dance followed in the evening held at the civic center patio. A menudo breakfast was served Sunday morning and family members filled out a survey of the reunion at that time as well.
Goodbyes were said Sunday at noon. Reunion organizer Mary Gonzales of Pecos thanked the many people that made it possible.
Family members from various cities such as Austin, San Antonio, Victoria, Fort Worth, the Dallas area, Odessa/Midland, Lubbock, Presidio and Morton were represented. The farthest that traveled to the reunion was Jaime and Nilda Molinar from Victorville, Conn. The youngest member is four weeks old, Kariza Y. Fierro of Pecos.
Anastacio and Micaela Madrid had eight children, Petra Molinar, Maria Granado, Armando Madrid, Jose Madrid and Teofilo Madrid of Pecos, Dolores Navarrette of Presidio, Jesus Madrid of Dallas and Elisa Gonzales of Pecos, (deceased).
The couple were field laborers and travelled throughout New Mexico and Texas before settling in Pecos. Micaela passed away on Dec. 23, 1960 in Hageman, New Mexico. On Oct. 15, 1976 Anastacio passed away while residing in Pecos. Most of the Madrid children were living in Pecos by then.
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