Together is a wonderful place to be

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

On Saturday September 21 2019 nearly 200 descendants of John Cledament Mire and Charlotte Richard Mire gathered at the American Legion Hall in Gonzales for a family reunion.

The honorees were the two surviving children of JC and Charlotte, Willa Mire Aldridge Bishop (93 yrs) and Pershing J Mire (99 yrs). Descendants of the honorees and siblings Hilda Mire Bourgeois and Burnise Mire Major traveled from as far away as West Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, New Jersey, Idaho, and Oregon to attend. 

The day was filled with reminiscing of childhood days at the grandparents, a slide show by Ashlee Hanson, photo sessions with  photographer Stacie Brock Crawford, photo booth fun with props donated by Anita Mire LeBlanc, Dina LeBlanc Domangue, Lynette Latiolais Mire, and Ashlee Hanson.

Jambalaya was cooked by brothers Myles and Norris Mire. A sauce piquant was cooked by brothers Tommy "Bama" and Randall Aldridge. The cooks received lots of well meaning advice from family member during the process. Thanks to Mack Aldridge for deck repair and maintenance.

Display Boards and a family genealogy booklet were compiled and constructed by Ruth Hanson with assistance from Joyce Major Amedee, Stephanie Harrison and James Mire. This booklet along with an edition of a local history book by author Pie Lanoux were handed out to the 24 first cousins. Points of interest were highlighted by Lura Mire Kamiya, who manned the registration desk for the event.

A "special" thank you goes out to Joyce Amedee for spear heading the event along with committee members Ruth Hanson, Lura Kamiya and Randall Aldridge.

It takes a "village" to put on an event such as this with many hours of behind-the-scenes labor. The  reward comes as a day not soon to be forgotten by all who attended.

Contributed by Ruth Mire Hanson