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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 8 years, 4 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo "Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many."

I grew up in central Missouri where my ancestors settled, most from KY; I often return and photograph country cemeteries and haunt the library reference departments. Looking for gravestones for my Wells, Lane/Lain, Hazlewood/Hazelwood, Bellamy/Bellomy, Thoroughman/Thurman, Stayton, Pullen/Pullin/Pulliam, Gregg/Gragg, Rigg, Page families; others include Dunning, Gant, Payne, Settles/Suttle(s), Sudduth, Stoneking, Stewart, Shelten, Stoll.

A goal is to ensure there are memorials for all known burials in the "country" cemeteries in the Bates/Cass/Henry counties where my ancestors lived and are interred, and am photo indexing as many as I can - some are in woeful condition. Too many are now in cow pastures, vandalized or stones used in barn foundations. May those with so little respect for our ancestors be haunted by their ghosts.

Corrections, updates and link requests are welcomed so "our" memorials are informative and accurate -- please send maiden names if you know them. Every person has a story - hopefully memorial managers who prefer not to update or correct their memorials will transfer them to the requesting family member/friend to maintain and add the story -- or there will be a software update that allows third parties to contribute to memorials. Thanks to all the administrators who make the site available and user-friendly, and to the many great volunteers who make "finding Grandma" possible. Special thanks to photo volunteers who spend hours searching for lost grave markers, sometimes in overgrown, tick and snake infested, unkept, unmarked cemeteries.

You are welcome to use information or grave marker photos I have entered. If you do a copy/paste of a memorial with a bio, please credit Find-a-Grave and the contributor;-- a LOT of time and research has gone into many of these memorials. Please do not copy/post my "people" photographs.

Please make your edit/transfer requests from the "edit" link of the memorial and not from the profile page which I don't view often. I generally don't transfer memorials with researched bios, nor do I transfer to requesters who are rude/demanding, have no profile, have two or more times memorials managed as entered, (some contributors claim an astonishing number of "grandparents") or who are collectors -- but I'll always update and link memorials within a day or two if not traveling. While I don't acknowledge edits, I do appreciate receiving them and thank you for taking the time to improve the memorial.

In his profile, contributor Jeff G #47276975, expressed my own feelings about our responsibility to this Site and the memorials we manage, and he has kindly given me permission to share his comments, below:

"We don't "own" the memorials we manage - they are not ours. We may create them, we may update them, we may transfer them to others - we are but stewards. They are Find A Grave memorials of human beings, departed.

They are not "friends" on a social media network website to be collected like baseball trading cards. And there's no prize for the one who dies with the most.

The reward comes from maintaining the most accurate and dignified memorials we can. What we record becomes history, and a record in my or someone else's family tree. We have a responsibility to do a good job of it. It's a privilege and honor."

There are so many orphan memorials on the site, names entered and forgotten. Please, if you enter a memorial, have the common courtesy to add edits submitted by people who care.

Note - accidents and nerve damage to left arm and hand, combined with worsening of my Essential Tremor, preclude my ability to hold a camera, has resulted in numerous typos; please call them to my attention (If adding info from census records, I use spelling as shown - those aren't typos.) Since I can no longer hold a camera, I've had to give up my passion to photograph lost cemeteries. Am using that time to enhance and link memorials.

Happy graving - and remember to thank our Veterans and Active Service men and women.
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Joni (Hedrick) Dietz
RE: Clyde Cook
Great LaDon! Old records online showed burial for Clyde in Vansant Rd Cemetery (Englewood Memory Gardens), so I wanted to try and confirm before sending you a message. Then when I found Fern's obituary, it all came together and I got all excited! LOL Your very welcome for the pictures, too. I love helping!
Added by Joni (Hedrick) Dietz on Aug 29, 2015 10:32 PM
Vernice Nona Wells
Hello LaDon ,

Find A Grave Memorial# 141806492
Vernice Nona Wells... I was wondering if you would mind transferring this memorial over to me? She is my great-grandmother.
I see you have a lot of WELLS surnames, is she directly related to you?
Your contributions to this site are awesome. Thanks for all your hard work.
Thanks so much for your time & assistance in this matter.
Tina ,(#47101032)
Added by Tina on Aug 28, 2015 9:02 AM
Ron Vest
RE: Deatley
I do know that a lot of burials were removed from Rose Hill (dates unk) & it seemed most went to Bear Creek. With the tombstones there I assume that's where the bodies were reinterned. Thank you for your diligence on Find A Grave.
Added by Ron Vest on Aug 27, 2015 9:02 PM
Jo Ann (King) Priddy
RE: Mollie Teter
I am sorry I could not help.
Added by Jo Ann (King) Priddy on Aug 27, 2015 9:01 AM
Pat Shaw
Your health and issues improve for you. You have done an amazing job on your memorials. I have not enjoyed growing older the past couple of years so spent a lot of time fixing or trying to fix the ones (memorials) not connected or linked. Take me lots of time because sometimes not even related, or distant, I seem to share your vision of making a memorial 'nice'. There are thousands with just a name and no info on them I find it sad when a whole cem. is input that way and no headstones. To me is like looking at lost souls.. I am rambling sorry.

Take care, think I finally got that family figured out.
Added by Pat Shaw on Aug 26, 2015 9:43 PM
Pat Shaw
RE: duplicate
Your welcome, I hope I was. Sometimes is hard to type something that is well meant but in type doesn't sound nice. :)
I thought he was probably not active
Added by Pat Shaw on Aug 26, 2015 9:32 PM
Sharon Wallen
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith
I deleted my memorial for her. I'm glad you caught that. Someone told me that someone had taken over Susan Stice's memorials. You might send an edit again and see what you get.
Added by Sharon Wallen on Aug 26, 2015 5:46 PM
Joni (Hedrick) Dietz
RE: Obit
You're very welcome and I agree with you! I'm always happy to help. I went to Laurel Oak Cemetery for a bit today for some pics. I looked for a couple of markers in Calhoun Cemetery for you on Sunday with no luck. I will try again soon.
Added by Joni (Hedrick) Dietz on Aug 26, 2015 1:24 AM
Joni (Hedrick) Dietz
Donald Leroy Dietz FAG#59230333‏

Thank you so much for the transfer of my brother-in-law. I live in Calhoun, Mo. If I can help you with something in this area, let me know.

Mem# 48207893
Added by Joni (Hedrick) Dietz on Aug 21, 2015 8:33 PM
linda venable
RE: Edits
My pleasure. Thanks for being kind.
Added by linda venable on Aug 19, 2015 4:14 PM
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