Family cooks menudo for woman born in 1901

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Celerina T. Medina, who turned 106 Saturday, cried and put her hands over her face as family members joined in and sang Happy Birthday.

"I do everything, thanks to God," she said. "And I still do it with desire."

The white-haired Medina, who was sitting straight up in her rocker wearing a pink robe, said she likes to visit and talk with her relatives.

"When I don't have much to say I tell them lies," she said as family members laughed.

Medina celebrated with a birthday cake decorated with purple frosting that read, "Feliz Cumpleanos, 106 Celerina."

Family members cooked up a big pot of menudo with family members and friends stopping by all day Saturday.

Those visiting to see Medina came from as far as Washington, D.C., including Corpus Christi, Banquete, Zapata and the surrounding areas.

More than 50 individuals celebrated with Medina.

She is the sole survivor of her nine brothers and sisters. She was born in Hebbronville on Feb. 3, 1901. In the mid-50s, Medina moved to Alice.

Medina was married to the late Juan Medina and had two daughters and four sons, two of which were stepsons.

Her children who are still living,are Enedina Santos from Banquete, Leo Medina from Orange Grove, Juan Medina Jr. from Alice and Antonio Medina from Corpus Christi.

Her deceased children are Paul Valadez and Santos Ramirez.

As of last year's count, according to family members, she has at least 26 grandchildren and at least 46 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great grandchildren.

Family members said some of the great-grandchildren have had more children, but they haven't tallied an accurate number yet.