Family of the Month – August 2012

Veronica and David Ybarra

It was good to see David and Veronica Ybarra, the Family of the Month for August, helping at the Fall Festival. They haven’t been able to make many council functions of late. David was scheduled to ascend from Chancellor to Deputy Grand Knight this past summer. But his KC plans and the couple’s lives changed last December, when they graciously invited Veronica’s parents – 102 year old Amelia and 101 year old Juan Rojas – to move into their Waxahachie home from El Paso. (The Rojases attended Winter Welcome last January and occasionally join the Ybarras at 8 a.m. Mass, where David still ushers.) The Rojases, together since 1930, lived on their own in a small trailer until Amelia fell one day. “We said, ‘That’s enough,’ ” David recalled. The couple’s belongings fit in one trip of a pickup truck. A few months later, Veronica retired from her government job after 33 years instead of 35 as planned. She’s their main caregiver for most of the day. After David gets home from work at Allied Marketing Group in Dallas, he assumes takes over – and on week-ends. “So far, so good,” David said. “Of course, they’re slowing up.” David and Veronica frequently take them to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie for racing and simulcasts. They’ve been featured both on and on Channel 8. Said David: “They’re a great story. We’ll resume our lives when we resume our lives.”