Monica Guadalupe Reynoso Venegas Mudgett
Dau. of J. Guadalupe & Maria Venegas Reynoso
29 February 1956 ? 28 November 2009
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Mrs. Mudgett was born and raised in Guadalajara, México,
the daughter of J. Guadalupe and Maria (Venegas) Reynoso. The oldest of
11 children she was known as the second mother to her brothers and sisters.
Monica passed away at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.
As many immigrants did before her, she came to the United States
in search of new opportunity. She wed Roger Mudgett in 1981 and soon moved
from Chicago, Illinois to Sherman, Texas to be closer to her family. Over
the next few years Christopher, James and Michelle were born and the real
work of raising children was just getting started.
Between working to raise her children and helping out in the community
she found time to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. She
wore her citizenship proudly and continued to dedicate her time and service
too many community organizations.
Apart from dedicating her time to her family, her main desire was
to make this community a better place for all. She will truly be missed
and always loved. Her endless drive to help others will continue to inspire
us well into the future.
Always an advocate for the interchange of ideas between cultures,
she helped to organize Hispanic cultural events in Grayson County, Texas.
Her goal of uniting Latin and American community members from all walks
of life came to fruition in 1997. With support from the Grayson County
Health Department where she was employed for twelve years, she created
"The Hispanic Heritage Celebration" and served as a chairman for the event
until 2002. For several years she worked in coordination with Austin College
in the festivity of "El Cinco de Mayo".
She was the first Hispanic woman in North Texas to receive the TDH
Diploma as an instructor for Spanish classes to certify food managers.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation elected her as one of eleven Hispanic women
in the nation to form the National Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council.
In July of 2001 she joined with her brother Rudy Reynoso in LA VOZ
HISPANA Magazine. She was in charge of marketing as well as community and
non-profit organization announcements.
She worked as a parenting teacher for the SISD in region 10 Early
Head Start for over four years. In 2006 she graduated from CCCCD a Child
Development Associate with a Certification as Child Development Facilities
Monica had been working for Grayson Community College as the Hispanic
Initiative Coordinator. In 2009 Monica was elected president of Grayson
County Social Services where she had been a member for several years. She
was owner of MGM Food Services for the past 6 years and in 2006 she opened
a bridal shop, Monica's Place, in downtown Sherman.
Monica was a gifted woman, always dedicated to her family, church
and the community. Always smiling, Monica had a vibrant and positive attitude
that radiated to others. Her positive spirit of love and compassion was
bestowed on those around her. Her love will live on through the lives that
she touched. She will always be remembered as a big inspiration to her
children and to those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by one brother Juan Carlos Reynoso.
Left to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, Monica is survived
by her parents, J. Guadalupe Reynoso and Maria (Venegas) Reynoso; husband,
Roger of Sherman; two sons, Christopher Joseph Mudgett and James Matthew
Mudgett, both of Los Angeles, California; one daughter, Cynthia Michelle
Mudgett of Sherman; five brothers, Rudy Reynoso and wife Monica of Sherman,
Tito Reynoso and wife Marisol of Sherman, Alfonso Reynoso of Mexico, Hector
Reynoso of Sherman, and Carlos Reynoso of Colombia; five sisters, Lourdes
Blanco and her husband Francisco of Monterey, Mexico, Mercedes Contreras
and husband Chava of Denison, Texas, Micaela Marraccini and husband Leonel
of Sherman, and Maria Leouisa Alva and husband Chuy of Sherman; and numerous
nieces, nephews, and other family members.
A rosary was recited at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held St. Mary's Catholic Parish. Reverend
Jeremy Myers pastor of the Parish presided, assisted at the altar by Reverend
Antonio Aureus, Deacon Tomas Avilla and Deacon Albert Miller.
Burial follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery with Roger Mudgett,
Tito Reynoso, Rudy Reynoso, Carlos Reynoso, Hector Reynoso, and Leonel
Lupercio serving as pallbearers.