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VeraMarie (#47863079)
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Bio Photo I just retired and have been very busy with all that entails, as well as family obligations. I will be catching up on edits during the next couple of months. Thank you for your patience.

I started hanging out in cemeteries while doing family research. Currently, I'm focusing on Myers and Owen/Owens mostly in Callaway, Audrain and Atchison County, Missouri and Bertels in Stark and Summit County, Ohio.

When I take a photo for my memorials or as a volunteer, I usually take photos of nearby headstones and add them also. When requested and as time allows, I will also check for obits at the local library if the specific death or burial date is known. My library is happily located in the block between my job and my parking spot.

The state of Washington has a fantastic digital archive online. If you are looking in Washington, you should definitely check here:
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Your family photo is incredible! But do you think perhaps you might be able to add a few more children? There aren't enough little faces in that group! Heh!
Added by BrideyLight on Jan 04, 2015 1:13 AM
Viola Pollard in Sunset Memorial Park, Eureka, CA
Dear Vera Marie: There is a photo request for Viola and I found her today. I also found several other Pollard family members in Ferndale Cemetery today. I will be editing and uploading photos within the next few days, but I just wanted you to know that Viola is definitely at Sunset Memorial Park in Eureka. She is resting in a very serene and beautiful place with palm trees and a lot of green grass. Kind regards, Bridey Light, Humboldt County, California
Added by BrideyLight on Jan 04, 2015 1:11 AM
Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
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Thank you for the transfer. Marsha
Added by Marsha Williams Byrd of ... on Aug 19, 2014 8:01 PM
Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
My Aunt Clarice Dean Williams married Tom Bush Owen. They were both born in Callaway County, Missouri, I believe Tom was born in Auxvasse, Missouri. They ran a motel in Kingdom City and also collected and sold antiques. They moved to California State and raised their three boys there, Billy, Carl Wood and Thomas Paint. I will have to look up who Uncle Tom's parents were. Aunt Dean's parents were Joseph Thomas "Tom" and Lela Lessie Craighead Williams, both born in Calwood, Callaway County, Missouri.
Added by Marsha Williams Byrd of ... on Aug 16, 2014 10:05 PM
Barbara Moore
Karl Darling #95623613
Dear VeraMarie, I think that Karl Darling was married to my aunt Faye Vesper. They lived in the Pass and she lived there with her second husband as well. Are you related to this person? I am interested in any information you may have. As far as I know they did not have any children.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Barbara Moore
Added by Barbara Moore on Jul 27, 2014 5:57 PM
Barbara Moore
Karl Darling #95623613
Added by Barbara Moore on Jul 27, 2014 5:52 PM
Maria Pugliese Altomare
Hello VeraMarie, I am wondering where your source is for where this lady died. The registration number is correct, however, place of death is stated unknown, and it does not give the second name.

Added by Amanda on Jun 27, 2014 10:24 PM
Maria Pugliese Altomare
Hello VeraMarie, I am wondering where your source is for where this lady died. The registration number is correct, however, place of death is stated unknown, and it does not give the second name.

Added by Amanda on Jun 27, 2014 10:23 PM
Natal cemetery
Hi again VeraMarie, the correction below is right. The Natal cemetery was not moved but some unidentified graves were moved from the old town site to the Elk Valley- Michel - formerly the Natal-Michel cemetery. Just wanted to correct and clarify what I had said below and Amanda's info is correct.
Added by Karen on Jun 27, 2014 9:04 PM
Adamcak - Elk Valley Cemetery
Hello VeraMarie, I see that in the biography you have suggested that the town of Michel is now a ghost town. That is incorrect. The two small towns of Natal and Michel were about a mile apart, perhaps a bit less. These towns were not only bulldozed down, anything in sight was bulldozed down and then set afire. They were left standing for a short while until the Government of British Columbia Health Division enforced the coal companies to demolish these homes and anything else - there was Cholera. The reason the houses were abandoned was because the mining method was changed to strip mining, and the residents were forced to move since it was no longer practical for them to be where they were. Many of the residents moved to Sparwood, which is very close to where the small towns were. There is also confusion around the name of Natal. Originally it was called New Michel, but changed to Natal not long after. In fact, the cemetery Elk Valley was originally Natal Cemetery; also the cemetery name Elk Valley is incorrect, it is Elk Valley-Michel Cemetery. There is also an incorrect story that the graves in Natal Cemetery were exhumed and reburied in Elk Valley-Michel Cemetery, that is also a myth, no graves were exhumed from the Natal Cemetery, but there were graves found when some building excavating was done in the area and they were moved to Elk Valley-Michel Cemetery. Also some graves were found immediately outside of the Cemetery fence, so the town moved the fence to include them (guess they measured wrong originally). I was born in Natal, so that is how I have all of this information; and while you may read otherwise, what I am saying here is fact. Have just returned from that area, and my information is from the library and also a historian for that area. Information I had always known, but needed to prove for myself. I have many family members buried in this cemetery, so it is very near and dear to my heart. If you see the name Middletown, that was where the office buildings were (actually in between Natal and Michel proper).

Added by Amanda on Jun 27, 2014 5:00 PM
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