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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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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
Cathy Hill
RE: Francis Willis
No ma'am, just working on Reynolds County cemeteries! : )
Added by Cathy Hill on Aug 13, 2014 8:47 PM
Carolina Grave Hunter
Rose Keltner
Hello Loretta,

Thank you very much for your time in locating her stone and uploading the photo for me.

Have a wonderful day,
Added by Carolina Grave Hunter on Aug 12, 2014 7:58 AM
Dolores J. Rush
The O'Neals
Yes, there are a lot of us O'Neal's scattered round, not just up in Carrollton & Bogard, but now in other states as well. Thank you again.
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Aug 12, 2014 5:04 AM
Dolores J. Rush
RE: Phylander
I loved your profile story and I'm sorry you've lost your beloved family. I was working on my first memorial last night--my father's--that's how I discovered his grandfather's tombstone. You didn't have to delete your photo. I took mine several years ago and was amazed at the difference in the "age" of the granite stone. If you don't mind transferring, that would be fine.
Again, God bless you for establishing his memorial and doing all the work on his page.
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Aug 11, 2014 7:30 PM
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