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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 were 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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Matthew Clarke
Elizabeth Campbell
I would accept if you transferred Elizabeth to me. If you don't wish to do so I completely understand since you did all the work!
Added by Matthew Clarke on May 22, 2015 12:43 AM
Matthew Clarke
G.B.S. and Elizabeth Campbell
Thank you SO VERY MUCH for fulfilling the photo request! Not only that, but creating a memorial for his wife Elizabeth as well. They are my maternal 4th great grandparents.
Added by Matthew Clarke on May 21, 2015 4:20 PM
RE: Nancy Jane Stiles Charles
This is my great-great grandmother. I came across your notice while looking up grave sites of my family. I was born the same date and have the same name. She had more children than you listed:
LOUIS CHARLES. Died young.
JAMES OTIS CHARLES, b. Dec. 29,1880; d. May 13, 1941. Unmarried. Buried in Bogard, Missouri.
AUSTIA IONA CHARLES, b. Oct.18, 1884; m. Taer Bradshaw.
EULA CHARLES, b. Apr. 18, 1887; m. (1)Thomas Collins, died; (2)Fred Ashalm. (This was my great-grandmother.)
LUTHER ALBERT CHARLES, b. Jul. 17, 1891; m. (1) Hester Jane Graham, (2)Bessie Henderson.

This was fun, thank you for caring enough to post this.
Added by Nj on Apr 06, 2015 4:12 PM
Linda (Dyer) Craig
James Bachtel
Missouri death certificate #41722
Died at 12:50am from Coronary Embolism
Informant A. E. Bachtel
Dob Jan 31 1872 Carroll County, Missouri
Father Richard bachtel Find A Grave #15569203
Mother Sarah Thomas Find A Grave#15569190
Dod Dec 10 1941
Buried Dec 11
Single white male
Added by Linda (Dyer) Craig on Mar 29, 2015 1:34 PM
Deborah Myers
RE: Mary Ann Hatfield Zang
Rats... I was hoping you were related to them. I can't read the inscriptions on the photo of the headstone so I wasn't sure about what was on there. I do appreciate the help. I saw that we share a Facebook friend in James Hart. If you come up with anything, let me know. :-)
Added by Deborah Myers on Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
Rosie II
RE: Urilla Nichols
I'm sure Basil is her husband also; as family history says he's buried in Chariton Co, MO. She first married John D Ruddell who is also buried over there. I have been trying how to figure out how to link them, since they both have other spouses. Martha Ann Ruddell, dau of John D & Urilla married Charles Lamb, Basil's son by his first wife; and there are quite a few descendants in New Providence Cem north of Ursa. Talk about complicated. Rosemary

Added by Rosie II on Mar 20, 2015 1:10 AM
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
Gerry Humphrey
Memorial # 18638932
Hello Loretta, could you contact me at
I have a question regarding LaJunta Madeline Coleman Goedeke. I tried using your email of pouters but they show it as an invalid address. Thanks
Added by Gerry Humphrey on Nov 30, 2014 5:02 AM
Kathy Mesa
RE: David Wallace photo
Thankfully I didn't see your stone...I might've had a heart attack! I didn't know people put up stones BEFORE they passed!
Added by Kathy Mesa on Nov 05, 2014 8:16 PM
Joseph Dowling # 14565583
First of all, thank you for your work. It is appreciated.

I've had problems with this memorial because I am finding him in draft records 1917-1918 and in the 1940 US census.
Full memorial #14565583
Joseph Dowling
1877 to 1915
Cannon Cemetery, Carroll County, MO

A recent query on into his death year provided a death year of 1965 rather than 1915. I thought I'd let you know in case you would like to change it. I'm actively researching this line and the connection to Garbs sisters that married Dowlings.

He is the son of
Mary C. (Garbs) Dowling, 1849-7 Sep 1917 & Patrick Dowling, unk to 17 Feb 1906,
Joseph is the husband of
Mary Catherine(Cannon)Dowling, 22 Sep 1883-15 Aug 1975, and together they are parents of
Joseph Lee, 1906-1907,
Catherine Marie Dowling 29 Oct 1909-27 Apr 1993, & Roscoe Patrick, 17 Apr 1913-31 Aug 1962,
all found in Carroll County cemeteries.
Thanks again.
Added by sparkylady2010 on Jul 21, 2014 4:47 PM
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