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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 where 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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Robert Ottmers
RE: Sterling Hensly
Hi Loretta,

I've added the image to the other page for Sterling Hensly.

Added by Robert Ottmers on Feb 21, 2015 3:12 PM
Carrie Farr
Salem Cemetery Carroll County MO
Hi, I noticed you posted some pictures for the Salem Cemetery in Carroll County Missouri. I can't seem to find an address for it. My Grandfather Oma John Gray is buried there and I wanted to go out and visit the cemetery. Thanks!
Added by Carrie Farr on Feb 14, 2015 9:02 PM
Mike Bolander
RE: Oscar Wallace
Some of OL's kids are still alive. I stay in contact with them. Maybe they could help... My email address is in my profile page. I would be happy to get you in contact with them.
Added by Mike Bolander on Feb 09, 2015 6:59 PM
Mike Bolander
RE: Oscar Wallace
Not a problem, Loretta. My step-grandmother was O.L.'s wife. My grandfather married Tootsie in about 1961. I am sorry I did not respond sooner. I need to pay more attention I guess....
Added by Mike Bolander on Feb 09, 2015 3:01 PM
Charlene Birt Raddon
William Mace
Obit added. Thanks for sending.
Added by Charlene Birt Raddon on Feb 04, 2015 12:11 PM
Judy Youngs Woody
RE: Herely Fugett
Thanks Loretta
Added by Judy Youngs Woody on Jan 11, 2015 8:55 AM
Tracy Fowler Martin
RE: Julius Thomas
hello , yes nellie thomas is his wife. and our aunt thank you.
Added by Tracy Fowler Martin on Jan 10, 2015 4:35 PM
Sylvia Whaley
Ernest & Corrine Bittiker
Thank you so much for the gravestone photo. It was greatly appreciated.
Added by Sylvia Whaley on Jan 05, 2015 9:23 AM
RE: John Hinkle & Frances Hamilton (Ford) Bracken
I am related to the Barth family. Rosa Theresa Barth, married Joseph Haag. Daniel Shields Bracken, Sr., is interred in the Haag Mausoleum.
Added by Stardust on Dec 28, 2014 2:23 PM
John Hinkle & Frances Hamilton (Ford) Bracken
THANK YOU so very much for honoring these memorials with your beautiful photographs. Also a special thanks for documenting and photographing the other Bracken family members interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Carrollton, Carroll County, Missouri.

With my sincere appreciation,
Added by Stardust on Dec 28, 2014 1:41 PM
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