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Loretta (Willis) Rainey-Fones (#46838847)
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My interest in cemeteries goes back to my childhood, having my own pet cemetery and making crosses for each, made of lathes and old paint. That was many "Mr. Moons" ago, (since I have passed the 60 year mark.) I have two daughters, my first born in 1982, and the youngest, born in 1984, has given me four Grandsons, ages 12, 8, 2, and the last born Aug 2013. They live ten miles away. As a teenager I mowed a nearby cemetery with a push mower, which has about 75 graves. It was big money back then, $5.00.

I accidentally came across FindaGrave while looking for famous interments. I mentioned it to my Sister, and upon her investigation, she discovered that local cemeteries were also listed. She right away started entering family interments, and it had just grown from there.

My daughters and my sister's family said that we were "ate up with it". Each person who has entered and left this world is special, and that life deserves to be recognized. We were quite addicted to exploring, documenting and "wandering and wondering." My sister and I made a trip in mid June, 2009, to attend a Willis reunion in Ellington, MO. Through a photo request of our paternal great grandparents, we connected up with a cousin that we didn't know we had.(Thanks Betty Radford). Through our works with Findagrave and by accepting the reunion invitation, we had the pleasure to meet other cousins. "Sis" and I also visited the graves of both sets of our paternal great grandparents graves, and were guided to the farm where our grandfather was born. We "cackled" the whole trip.

I believe that God gave us this time together, just the two of us, because very sadly, my sister, age 59 passed away suddenly 15 days after our trip. I would explain our sister/friend relationship as this "we were so close, you couldn't have put a flat toothpick between us." She was an amazing woman and I am humbled without her presence in my life.

I have posted a memorial for my beloved sister Linda Kathaleen (Willis) Stephenson.

December 20th 1946-January 20th 2014

Robert Allen "Bob" Willis

In loving memory of my dear brother. God only gave me one brother, turns out, you were the best, and all I ever needed. "Dumpy"

Please email with any corrections, and I am not opposed to transfer ownership to anyone wanting to post a full memorial. EACH DAY COUNTS!
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Cindy Lacey
RE: George Hambrick
Your Welcome. Yes! life is too short and every minute counts.

Added by Cindy Lacey on Apr 26, 2015 8:58 PM
RE: Eula Charles
I believe she is in the Rock Island Memorial Park. I haven't been there for a while and was going to go searching. Her daughter, Janice Collins Miers Brown was buried in Sect 4, Lot 7 and I think she is there also with her second husband, Fred Ashalm. I plan on going over there soon and checking it out.
Added by Nj on Apr 12, 2015 3:33 PM
RE: Nancy Jane Stiles Charles
This is my great-great grandmother. I came across your notice while looking up grave sites of my family. I was born the same date and have the same name. She had more children than you listed:
LOUIS CHARLES. Died young.
JAMES OTIS CHARLES, b. Dec. 29,1880; d. May 13, 1941. Unmarried. Buried in Bogard, Missouri.
AUSTIA IONA CHARLES, b. Oct.18, 1884; m. Taer Bradshaw.
EULA CHARLES, b. Apr. 18, 1887; m. (1)Thomas Collins, died; (2)Fred Ashalm. (This was my great-grandmother.)
LUTHER ALBERT CHARLES, b. Jul. 17, 1891; m. (1) Hester Jane Graham, (2)Bessie Henderson.

This was fun, thank you for caring enough to post this.
Added by Nj on Apr 06, 2015 4:12 PM
Myrtle Ennis
RE: Joseph Tuley
would you send me the info on the stone for Clarence--so I can see the difference--I will change to what is on the stone --would it be poosible to take photos of all eight and I will set up memorials for all--I have not worked on my Tuley cousins in over a year-- must go refresh and will get back to you--I will try to find out about Willis. Thanks you so much--you are much appreciated by this old Ky Archiver Myrtle Mandane Ennis
Added by Myrtle Ennis on Mar 31, 2015 7:07 PM
Linda (Dyer) Craig
James Bachtel
Missouri death certificate #41722
Died at 12:50am from Coronary Embolism
Informant A. E. Bachtel
Dob Jan 31 1872 Carroll County, Missouri
Father Richard bachtel Find A Grave #15569203
Mother Sarah Thomas Find A Grave#15569190
Dod Dec 10 1941
Buried Dec 11
Single white male
Added by Linda (Dyer) Craig on Mar 29, 2015 1:34 PM
RE: James Lyon
Thanks so much for the photo of my Uncle Jim's headstone. I know what you mean about "adopting" a cemetery; I have one I'm very fond of in Pomona, California. Happy Graving!
Added by GraveHopper93 on Mar 27, 2015 9:50 PM
Karen S. Lee
Charlie Shepherd Berry 14976056
Hi Loretta, You probably get tired of my picture popping up. Lol Can you add this memorial to your list. It's Elizabeth Berry's husband and is a duplicate. Thanks so much! Thanks for the note on the others too.
Added by Karen S. Lee on Mar 27, 2015 1:38 PM
Karen S. Lee
Martin Hendrickson 14975745
Hi Loretta, I am trying to clean up the Lone Jack Cemetery records and there is also a duplicate for Martin 11781123. If you don't mind deleting I would appreciate it. Thanks
Added by Karen S. Lee on Mar 25, 2015 10:17 PM
Karen S. Lee
W.W. Dimmitt 14975161
Hi, I was wondering if you would consider deleting this memorial because he has a duplicate 36606396 that has substantial information regarding his history. Thank you
Added by Karen S. Lee on Mar 25, 2015 10:10 PM
Deborah Myers
RE: The Zangs
LOL! I just sent one before this message came in.
Added by Deborah Myers on Mar 21, 2015 7:28 AM
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