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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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Beverly Rolf Miller
Almeria Shirley
I have entered her obit. Thank you for the info.
Added by Beverly Rolf Miller on Dec 10, 2014 10:43 AM
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
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Could you add your marker picture from memorial #122592235 to memorial #13188393? Thank you.

I am no relation but found the funeral pamphlet for her so I looked her up and found the 13188393 memorial first.
Added by ru2sel on Nov 24, 2014 10:32 AM
James Rhodes
RE: Glen Yake
OOPS I didn't mean to jump your claim there. Betty Yake's sister Evylen Heins was my wife's grandmother. I wasw just linking some family members together for her. I don't know if I told you or not but my wife, Jamie, is Mike Hedrick's daughter.
Added by James Rhodes on Nov 22, 2014 6:20 PM
James Rhodes
Glen Yake
Hey Loretta,
Wow, that was fast. I just added him an hour ago. I see you put his wife's photo on her page too. I think I forgot to request hers. Thanks a lot.
Added by James Rhodes on Nov 22, 2014 4:54 PM
Sylvia Whaley
Hi Loretta,

That is fine. I have just been putting what war they were in and veteran (WWII VETERAN OR CIVIL WAR VETERAN) in the obit sec. at the top.
So anyone looking at the memorial can immediately see.

Thanks for your help.

Added by Sylvia Whaley on Nov 22, 2014 11:31 AM
Victor Oglesby
RE: Oglesbee in Carroll County,MO
Loretta: I got out Feb. 1,2005, after just shy of 28 years service. They offered an "early out" to Level 18 and below postmasters and I took it!!
Added by Victor Oglesby on Nov 20, 2014 7:11 AM
Karen Todd
Orville David DeShazer
Thank you so much for taking the time to fulfill my photo request.

Williston, Vermont
Added by Karen Todd on Nov 16, 2014 12:10 PM
Ms Martie Martin
Anna Wiechert; 118085820
THANK YOU so much for the completely lovely headstone photos added to this memorial.
I appreciate your time.
Added by Ms Martie Martin on Nov 16, 2014 11:38 AM
James Rhodes
Ruth Heins
Thanks so much for taking the photos of Ruth's marker. I straightened out the pictures too. My bad not listing it as a person when I created the page. Once again, thank you.
Added by James Rhodes on Nov 11, 2014 3:36 PM
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