Jan Gerber: Pankey/Miller Family Reunion full of fun
The Pankey/Miller family reunion took place Saturday, June 30 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The all-day event was attended by 130 descendents of Mahlon and Lucinda Pankey and Sterling and Mary Jane Miller.
The fun-filled day began with registration, followed by visiting and getting reacquainted with one another.
Since it’s been many years since the last reunion and most everyone had changed, it was quite fun to “figure out” who everyone was. The name tags helped a lot. A family treasure hunt was given to each attendee with questions such as “find someone who was not born in Colorado or Missouri,” “Name all of Mattie and Paul Millers 10 children” and “What year did Winfield Pankey and Elba Miller marry.”
With a lot of looking through the genealogy records and asking questions of other attendees, many people were able to answer most of the questions.
Family photos, stories and genealogy were displayed for everyone to enjoy and to take home. Family group sheets were on hand for people to update family information so that our family history can be carried on for future generations.
A delicious potluck lunch was served at noon.
Eating didn’t stop everyone from visiting as people were seen moving from table to table to visit with someone else they hadn’t seen for a long time. Since instructions were given to “eat until the food was all gone” and the food was plentiful, no one went away hungry.
After lunch, a short presentation on family history was made by LuAnn Kline, organizer of the reunion. She told about the importance of family, both past, present and future and how we should honor our ancestors, and preserve our history for our descendents.
Recognition was given to the person who traveled the farthest – Lori Meineke who came from Guam, the oldest person in attendance – Perry Van Dorn, almost 92, the youngest – 7 weeks old Ashley, the person with the most children, Inez Smith and Shirley Noland who each have 6 children, and the person with the most grandchildren – Shirley Noland who has 29.
The Cedar Mountain Strings and the Yampa Valley Brass, led by cousin Jim Simpson, played enjoyable music in the afternoon.
While the music and visiting continued until late in the afternoon, it was all too soon to say goodbye to one another. Talk of another reunion next year generated enthusiasm and made leaving much easier.
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