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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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Edward Trinder
So nice of you to read my message to Julie and respond. I really wanted to make contact with Julie since we have shared kin Asceal and Ann Brookover, but was not able to. My husband and I made a visit to the Brookover Cemetery in June. It was terribly over grown and scary. We did not know if it was on private property or not, so we knocked on the door of the house to the west of it but no one answered. Were you born and raised in that area? I have seen your name associated with many Find a Grave sites and appreciate all you and others have done.

Take care
Kathy Trinder
Added by Edward Trinder on Sep 18, 2014 1:27 PM
Brenda Nance DeLong
George Elmore Nance
Hi Loretta - first of all - thank you for all of your good work.. I was wondering if you or others come across a grave for George Elmore Nance 1801-1880 living in Lawrence, Missouri or possibly Carroll. If I could get a picture or info, that would be fantastic. Thank you. Brenda Nance DeLong
Added by Brenda Nance DeLong on Aug 31, 2014 4:59 PM
Sarah Fenson VanBibber
Maggie Fensom
The Glace Cemetery you mentioned, I believe Ruben Glaze's father was Matthias Glaze 1810-1885 and is buried there. I have been researching the Glaze and Maxwell families. Maggie Fensom went to be a servant to William Maxwell Ruben's son in law, when she was 15 in Carollton, Missouri. Then they all moved to Emporia , Kansas. She was with them for 12 years, 1917 till 1929, and since she is buried next to Ruben Glaze, I've been researching them for any clues of her. I've found where all are buried except Jennie Hopkins-Maxwell, it is said she died October 31, 1926 in Kansas, but no documentation to back that up. And Maggie taking her own life on October 31, 1929. Thought I would share as a thank you for all you have done, I so appreciate having her marker. And hoping to one day have her story.
Added by Sarah Fenson VanBibber on Aug 24, 2014 9:13 AM
Sarah Fenson VanBibber
Maggie Fensom
Since you have a book maybe see if Mildred Allene Fenson ( could be Fenson or Fensom) she was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery November 1st 1918, she was 4 months and 9 days old, she died October 31 1918. She was niece to Maggie.Maybe couldn't afford a marker.
And, because you poster Ruben Glaze's marker ( no relation to Maggie she was a house maid to them) I have made the connection that the Maxwell Family and Glazes she was a servant to were related by Jennie Maxwell being Kate Glaze's daughter, and step daughter to Ruben, sorry going on here.

Thanks again...Sarah
Added by Sarah Fenson VanBibber on Aug 23, 2014 12:54 PM
Sarah Fenson VanBibber
Maggie Fensom
Hi Loretta, There is no connection between Maggie and Ruben Glaze, except she was a servant to the Maxwell family and, then to Glaze Family. I show both families in Kansas.
I was hoping there was a stone close by of Mildred Allene Fenson. But very happy to see she was buried by him, going to research and see what I can find.

Thank you again!
Added by Sarah Fenson VanBibber on Aug 22, 2014 4:58 PM
Oak Hill

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the Bentley/Gibson photos you took for me. I know how hot it has been lately and your kindness means so much!

Thanks again,
Added by Annita on Aug 21, 2014 8:33 PM
Sarah Fenson VanBibber
Maggie Fensom
Thank you so much for posting a picture of her marker. It is wonderful to finally see it, very kind of you. Maggie was a sister to my grandfather Robert Lee Fensom who died when my dad was 2yrs old. Warms my heart to finally see it.......thank you, Sarah
Added by Sarah Fenson VanBibber on Aug 21, 2014 7:37 PM
Orlene Bedigrew
John Lowrance
Loretta: Thank you so very much for the photo of John Lowrance's headstone (and John Canasty's).
Did you happen to come across Ada Lowrance's stone?
Thank you and warmest regards, Orlene
Added by Orlene Bedigrew on Aug 21, 2014 7:30 PM
Kathy Mesa
Minnie Lee Bryant
Loretta, this is your Find A Grave friend Kathy Mesa. I noticed you left virtual flowers on my great grandmother's grave (Minnie Lee Young-Bryant) #130656446. Is she related to you? I certainly wouldn't mind finding out that you and I are related!
Added by Kathy Mesa on Aug 19, 2014 5:11 PM
Cathy Hill
RE: Francis
Information from death certificate. Not always accurate, if KY is not correct, please change it!
Added by Cathy Hill on Aug 13, 2014 8:50 PM
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