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Kathie L. Webb Blair (#47399339)
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Bio Photo I became a member of the Find A Grave Community on December 13th, 2010.
I am a great great great granddaughter of John and Rebecca (Baltzell) Burkhart who arrived at what is now Albany, OR in 1847. One of their sons, Leander Columbus Burkhart, married Melissa Ann, a daughter of Hezekiah & Melissa Davidson of Polk County, Oregon. They had also come to Oregon in 1847. Leander & Melissa had a daughter, Nellie Olivia Burkhart, who married & had a daughter named Pearl Laura Baker. Pearl fell in love with Harry Hoyt Taylor, a school mate. It was a match made in Heaven. They married & had 2 daughters. The younger one, Patricia, was my mother. She is buried with her parents at the Multnomah Park Pioneer Cemetery in Portland, OR. I live in Portland, Oregon, with my younger sister, Nan, and her cat Lydia; her son & daughter are both married, living in the area, and her daughter made her a grandmother in 2013. I also have an older sister & a son nearby, plus a niece, younger sister & brother-in-law living in California. My father, a WWII Veteran, is now 90, also in California. I have been creating my Family Tree since mid Oct 2010; little did I know what I was getting in to. I was able to use many of my mother's old records from the 1960s-1980s, but have been so thankful for the age of computers & also for "Find A Grave", which has helped me sort out so many of my Burkhart, Ellis, Baltzell, Taylor, & Davidson relatives on my mother's side, many in Oregon, and my Webb, Gatlin, Warters, Uzzell & Lassiter relatives as well as all of the people they married on my father's side, many in Georgia & the Carolinas, and my son's father's family. I truly appreciate all of the time and effort all of you have spent creating this site; it's right up my alley as I enjoy sorting things out & solving puzzles, researching, putting things in order, etc. I was a Social Services Worker for many yrs., but retired due to severe migraines that will plague me for the rest of my life. I now have other health issues incl. Reynaud's, making my hands & feet cold along with pretty severe Arthritis. Thank you to all who kept my sister, Nancy, in their prayers. Her back surgery in early Sept 2014 was the best of any of the eight (yes, I said eight!) surgeries she has had. Her Dr. is great & everyone at St. Vincent's Hospital was wonderful & very caring. Her recovery time was much better than with other surgeries and she's an inch taller than in August, which is only right. In the mean time, I spend what time I can doing research & rediscovering my ancestors who came to Oregon (stopping along the way in VA., TN., MO., ILL., Iowa, TX & CA) in 1847 (and other years) settling portions of the Willamette Valley, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon & other places in the Pacific Northwest and California. I am finding, via Find A Grave, many more cousins throughout the United States, however, which is really exciting. I have found Jewish heritage under names of Burkhardt, Mayer, Freiburger & Huepfer going way back (to the mid 1600's) to when some family left Germany and ended up in Johnson Co., Georgia, America, among other places. I wish I knew more and will keep looking. My DNA even shows that I am part Greek, which leaves me completely lost as I haven't found the connection yet. In case you can't tell, I do tend to get side tracked frequently, especially when it comes to the graves of "little ones", Veterans & others without any flowers, & will leave flowers an Angel or other token for them, especially if they have none there, which I find incredibly sad. I ran into a Vietnam Vet at a grocery store Summer 2012, who rides at funerals (The Patriot Guard). I actually was brave enough to go up to him and thank him & shake his hand; I told him about Find A Grave & gave him the web site address. I hope he looked us up! Thanks to all of you so much for all of your help as I am only human, am just striving to be better, One Day at a Time. When my computer was hacked July 2011, I missed Find A Grave the most! I still miss my son who I haven't heard from since April. I have heard from a number of relatives whose ancestors came to Oregon about the same time mine did and they settled not too far from where my family did. It is great finding our connections! Talk About A Small World! May God take care of everyone. You are some very special people, as if you didn't know! I also use site which can be very helpful and have found a wonderful site regarding info on Oregon Pioneers from 1830's to 1855, researched and published by Stephenie Flora called "". ..**Spend time with your loved ones while you have them. I am so grateful to God for the special people in my life.**
My address has worked out much better although I am checking yahoo once in a while to deal with causes I believe in. Please continue to use my gmail address from now on. Thank you so very much. Take care and stay safe, preferably with someone you care about.
Winter is here, again, the rain is back & the nights are longer, but where is the snow? My Shadow cat, who was badly hurt a few months back, was in terrible back pain like nothing I'd seen other than when a cat was run over. I am so grateful to Dr. Chris at Gresham Animal Hospital for helping me to help her during her final days. She was 14 yrs. old in April, and her whiskers had turned white a couple of years ago. I finally had to have her put to sleep as her pain was out of control and she had no quality of life; it was the "responsible" thing to do, but I've missed her so very much. I've been abstaining so I can get my knees replaced and possibly my right ankle. My favorite binge food, chocolate, now gives me terrible colitis & migraines. Is that ironic or what? God's idea of a good joke, I'm sure. But, One Day at A Time, by the grace of God, as I understand Him, I'm gonna do this.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair (& my black cat, Shadow, in spirit), in Portland, Oregon, USA.

My kitty, Shadow, was euphenized on December 11th, 2014. After 13+ years, it's been hard to go into my bedroom and not have her there, waiting for pets and kitty songs. She is buried next to Nan's kitty Schlomo, who we lost in May, 2014. It's been a rough year for cats, rougher still on their owners. Nan has been wonderful through all of my grieving. I don't know what I'd do without my sweet sister.
Nov 29th, 2014
My little Shadow passed to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, Dec 11th, 2014. My father is not doing well and we are trying to phone him every few days to visit with him by phone as we can't afford to make the trip to California. Please keep my father in your prayers. I love him very much. Thank you.
Dec 12th, 2014
My sister found two young kitties, litter mates and a bonded pair, who touched my heart. We went to see them & brought home Lucy & Willie, full of energy, sweetness, love & purrs. I will always miss my little girl Shadow, but I know these kitties will help me to heal, giving me all of the affection only a pet companion can bring.
Thanks to all of you for your sweet notes, thoughts and prayers. It means more to me than you'll ever know.
With All Sincerity,
Kathie L. Webb Blair
Portland, Oregon
(and Shadow, in Spirit)
19 Jan 2015

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Tony Lee Dodge
Memorial #99882207

Thank you so much for the flowers, sentiments and especially the moving motorcycle. I can see him out there traveling as he loved to do - free as the wind. It brings fond memories.
Added by Nizzy on Jan 24, 2015 7:15 PM
RE: Your Mother
Thanks for your thoughts regarding my mom. Her name is JoAnn Whitney 139641991. Still does not seem real to me. It's been 6 weeks. Guess God needs me to "keep it together" to care for my dad. How is your father doing?
Added by RAP on Jan 17, 2015 5:33 AM
Hello, thank you for leaving all the flowers with messages on my "unusual" headstones that I've photographed. Very thoughtful.

Prayers going out to you and your family as I read of your fathers failing health. I lost my mother last's all seems unreal to me still.
Added by RAP on Jan 08, 2015 3:54 AM
Bradford Allen
Hard Rock Sam
Hard Rock Sam was my paternal great grandfather. Rumor has it that he got the name while working as a sandhog in NYC. Stories are told of him being a tough guy who was a foreman who carried a gun to work to keep his workers in line!
Added by Bradford Allen on Jan 05, 2015 3:33 PM
Patsy Lubben DiMarco
Dino L. DiMarco Memorial
Katie Thank you so very much for the lovely tribute you left for my husband. It brought tears to see someone value him. Thank you again and God Bless you. Sorry about Shadow. I lost my cat Delpia after 10yrs. Still have his sister Philly. Yes they came from Philadelpia. My husbands hometown. Take care.
God Bless Patsy DiMarco (Washington)
Added by Patsy Lubben DiMarco on Jan 03, 2015 3:32 AM
Git 'Er Dug
Thank you for the very gracious words you left at my parents' memorials.
Added by Git 'Er Dug on Dec 30, 2014 12:38 PM
Robert James Campbell~Willamette National
Corporal in Marine Corps during World War II
Added by Jan on Dec 19, 2014 8:00 AM
Ralph David Short
Thank you for the message left on my son's site. I am so sorry to read that your Mom took the same deadly road that David did. Pancreatic Cancer is horrid on the person and the family! It's for sure it don't pick and choose the age, color, rich or poor, etc. David was diagnosed stage IV adenocarcinoma and seven months 6 days later was gone. It was wrapped around the main surgery. God bless and be with you and your family during the Christmas season. Merry Christmas!
Added by Agnes on Dec 17, 2014 5:03 PM
re: The Eliza Taylor death certificate

Thank you ever so much for letting me know, I have corrected the information. I sincerely appreciate the catch. You are so right, what a way to go ... but at least she was asleep!
Added by Rheag123 on Dec 11, 2014 12:49 AM
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Larry Gist
Thank you for the lovely message you left on my husband's memorial!
Added by Cherryl Winget Gist on Dec 10, 2014 2:07 AM
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