Sally Jane Muñoz
July 20, 1952-February 8, 2018
Sally Jane Muñoz was born on July 20th, 1952. Her maiden name was Sally Jane Hammer. She was born in Lindsay, CA before moving to Hanford as a child. She was the daughter of Donald Eugene Hammer and Elizabeth Jane Hammer, both from Lindsay. They both preceded my mother in death. My grandfather passed in 2006, and my grandmother passed away in December of 2017. Sally was the eldest of 3 children. Russell Hammer was her brother, and he recently passed away as well in November 2017. He was survived by his wife Margo Hammer, and her sons, Austin Hammer of New York City, and Spencer Hammer of San Luis Obispo. Susan Gonzalez, of Hanford, the youngest of the siblings, is still living, and has three children Dane Gonzalez of Santa Monica, CA and Dylan and Devin Gonzalez of Hanford, CA. Sally was married to my father, Miguel Zacarias Munoz for 45 years. They had two children, Alia Rachel Muñoz of Hanford, CA and Zachary Lucas Muñoz of Visalia, CA.
She attended Chico State, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science, in Home Economics, later she would go on to obtain a teaching credential. She was a life-long educator; working at KROP teaching Home Economics and helping run a student restaurant. She also worked at Avenal High School for 11 years, teaching students to sow, cook, make a budget, grocery shop, and starting a fashion club. She was an excellent cook, and could whip up some amazing dish at a moment's notice. She loved her students, and strived to teach them valuable skills they would use the rest of their lives. Miguel and Sally ran a homeless church and ministry for local homeless children. She brought so much joy to children in need of a caring person in their lives. Whether it was in the classroom or in ministry; she strived to help others live their best lives.
She was led to minister in Vietnam and Bangladesh, and had amazing experiences in Asia. She made many life-long friends along the way. When she was in the hospital, she had people from around the world praying for her. We were blessed for all the prayers from so many different people and churches. She created, with a dear friend Rhonda Green, who sadly passed away a few years ago, a children's book written in both Vietnamese and English that told the story of Christ's birth. It was named Cau Chuyen Dieu Ky/The Fabulous Story. Rhonda Green, beautifully illustrated the book, and my mom did an amazing job with the writing of the book. Sally told her family that she felt called by God to go to Vietnam, and she trusted that he would work out the details. The Lord worked it out perfectly so that she was able to travel to Vietnam and share the Word of God.
My mother was married to my father Miguel Munoz for 45 years. They met at Hanford High School, and started dating at 15 years old. The high school sweethearts got married at the First Presbyterian Church in Hanford on August 26, 1972. They went on to attend Chico State together, and both graduated from there. She loved my father deeply, and he adored her as well. He loved her through everything, including while she was sick preceding her death. Their love spanned many decades, and they will be reunited one day in heaven.
Sally Jane packed a lot into 65 years; she was one of the most giving, kind, funny, creative persons I have ever had the pleasure to know. She fiercely loved my brother, Zach Muñoz, and I. She fundraised for our school, Kings Christian, went to all our games, events, and graduations. She didn't miss any part of our lives. She did special things for our birthdays, with elaborate themes and prizes. She often offered to make us grilled cheese sandwiches, so she could eat one as well. She mended our clothes, dried our tears, and made us laugh. She spoke highly of us always. We will always love our mother, and remember what a wonderful mother we had.
Above all else she loved God. She never wavered or doubted that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior. Never did God have a more faithful servant. My mother's faith carried her through many difficult and joyous times. She trusted God throughout her life, even at the very end. She brought the love of Christ to so many around the globe, and in her daily life. Sally went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2017, she was 65 years old. We all will love and miss her. It is a comfort that she is no longer suffering, and that she is at peace. She has been reunited with her father, mother, and brother in heaven. She is now with her heavenly Father, and rejoicing in His presence. We love you mom!
Celebration of Life Information:
First Presbyterian Church
340 N. Irwin Street
Hanford, CA 93230
Saturday, March 3rd at 11 am, reception following
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at our right hand are pleasures forevermore.