Ramona Martin Hernandez Munoz At 2 a.m. in a quiet little town in northeastern Jalisco, Cipriano and Eleuteria welcomed their second daughter. Her mother held her and said,” She is big and strong like a branch, una rama” She named her Ramona. Their oldest daughter Maria was almost 14 months old at the time. The family lived on Nicolas Bravo in the colonial town of San Juan de los Lagos. Her father was an albanil (mason) who worked in construction, her mother a homemaker. Both families descended from pre-Hispanic and colonial times. One year later in 1926, supporters of the church launched the Cristero War against the Calles government. Their peaceful town turned into a dangerous combat zone along with the area of Los Altos. Cipriano, along with his nephew Severiano, took his little family to the neighboring state of Aguascalientes, for their safety. Here they welcomed their third daughter Baudelia, in June 1929. In August all three girls became ill with the “pertussis” Whooping cough. Unfortunately, on August 19th Baudelia succumbed to the disease. Although the war officially ended in 1929, there were still random acts of violence and murders. Her father went out one night for wood and was never seen again. Life changed forever for Ramona, her happy memories of her daddy dancing with her and holding her in his arms were gone. She had to leave the only home she ever knew. Severiano, her cousin, helped them return to San Juan, traveling by train and Burros. She remembered Severiano giving them water from paper cups and keeping them safe. She rode with her mother and laughed when her sister tumbled off the burro. She was too young to understand at 4 what life held for her. They arrived at her grandparent’s ranch, Rancho Trujillo’s. They stayed with her step grandmother, for a period of time until her mother felt she could better care for her daughters on her own. They returned to town and her mother worked sewing clothes or washing, raising chickens. She taught her daughters the ethic of hard work and together they grew into a single parent household. Ramona attended school with Rosita Hernandez up to the 6th grade. She was a loving aunt to her nephews and nieces and a devoted daughter to her mother. She worked making hand sewn kid skin shoes, which required delicate stitching. She also enjoyed riding bareback until a horse threw her! The women in the town would enjoy, a Día de campo. They would go out and collect wild flowers, filling their arms and singing. All their clothes were handmade, and they also sewed for others as a business from their home. Their lives revolved around the church and their faith. When the bells would ring the church would be filled with worshippers. This also included the neighboring ranchers who would come to buy and sell. Many would ride on the milk wagons. Though we cannot confirm this, we believe this is how Alfonso first laid eyes on her. Alfonso had been born in Morenci, Arizona, then several years after the deaths of his parents returned to the family ranch of El Humedo. From here their love story begins, courting under the watchful eyes of her mother meant occasional eye contact and messages through friends. Alfonso returned to the united states in 1946 and for the next 6 years they courted by letters. He returned to marry her, at 5 a.m. on June 23,1952, and they honeymooned in Chapala, Mexico. This was the beginning of her new life in San Pedro, California and 29 years of marriage. Together they raised seven children, five sons and two daughters. Her first granddaughter Soledad Raquel was born on her birthday. A memory she shared was when Grandma and Grandpa would babysit and pretend to hide them when mom and dad came to pick them up. They would put them in the closet with pillows and blankets, Soledad would hide under the coffee table and giggle. Grandma would say, “We don’t have any kids here”. Also, Jessie would stop over and ask her, “Where is your walker mom?” She said she had no idea; he would find it on the side of the house! Daniel her first great-grandson, remembers grandma getting him a bright green kid mug for his birthday. It had his name on it in big colorful bubbly letters! He was 19 or 20 at the time, and in college. He said he likes to think, she saw it in the store and thought, Daniel would love this! They were blessed with 5 generations of grandchildren. And numerous nephews and nieces, that she loved dearly. She donated her time to the March of Dimes, Little Sisters of the Poor, and the Toberman Center. She loved to make handmade gifts from her heart. These treasures and memories will bring comfort in the years to come. Ramona was preceded in death by her husband Alfonso (Ildefonso)who went to be with the Lord on August 18th, 1981. Her son Rudy, December 30, 2010 and her grandson Alberto, October 2nd,2016. Ramona Munoz, August 31, 1925- April 26, 2019.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ramona Munoz 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Benson, state: Arizona