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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
 member for 8 years, 5 months, 26 days
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Bio Photo "Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many."

I grew up in central Missouri where my ancestors settled, most from KY; I often return and photograph country cemeteries and haunt the library reference departments. Looking for gravestones for my Wells, Lane/Lain, Hazlewood/Hazelwood, Bellamy/Bellomy, Thoroughman/Thurman, Stayton, Pullen/Pullin/Pulliam, Gregg/Gragg, Rigg, Page families; others include Dunning, Gant, Payne, Settles/Suttle(s), Sudduth, Stoneking, Stewart, Shelten, Stoll.

A goal is to ensure there are memorials for all known burials in the "country" cemeteries in the Bates/Cass/Henry counties where my ancestors lived and are interred, and am photo indexing as many as I can - some are in woeful condition. Too many are now in cow pastures, vandalized or stones used in barn foundations. May those with so little respect for our ancestors be haunted by their ghosts.

Corrections, updates and link requests are welcomed so "our" memorials are informative and accurate -- please send maiden names if you know them. Every person has a story - hopefully memorial managers who prefer not to update or correct their memorials will transfer them to the requesting family member/friend to maintain and add the story -- or there will be a software update that allows third parties to contribute to memorials. Thanks to all the administrators who make the site available and user-friendly, and to the many great volunteers who make "finding Grandma" possible. Special thanks to photo volunteers who spend hours searching for lost grave markers, sometimes in overgrown, tick and snake infested, unkept, unmarked cemeteries.

You are welcome to use information or grave marker photos I have entered. If you do a copy/paste of a memorial with a bio, please credit Find-a-Grave and the contributor;-- a LOT of time and research has gone into many of these memorials. Please do not copy/post my "people" photographs.

Please make your edit/transfer requests from the "edit" link of the memorial and not from the profile page which I don't view often. I generally don't transfer memorials with researched bios, nor do I transfer to requesters who are rude/demanding, have no profile, have two or more times memorials managed as entered, (some contributors claim an astonishing number of "grandparents") or who are collectors -- but I'll always update and link memorials within a day or two if not traveling. While I don't acknowledge edits, I do appreciate receiving them and thank you for taking the time to improve the memorial.

In his profile, contributor Jeff G #47276975, expressed my own feelings about our responsibility to this Site and the memorials we manage, and he has kindly given me permission to share his comments, below:

"We don't "own" the memorials we manage - they are not ours. We may create them, we may update them, we may transfer them to others - we are but stewards. They are Find A Grave memorials of human beings, departed.

They are not "friends" on a social media network website to be collected like baseball trading cards. And there's no prize for the one who dies with the most.

The reward comes from maintaining the most accurate and dignified memorials we can. What we record becomes history, and a record in my or someone else's family tree. We have a responsibility to do a good job of it. It's a privilege and honor."

There are so many orphan memorials on the site, names entered and forgotten. Please, if you enter a memorial, have the common courtesy to add edits submitted by people who care.

Note - accidents and nerve damage to left arm and hand, combined with worsening of my Essential Tremor, preclude my ability to hold a camera, has resulted in numerous typos; please call them to my attention (If adding info from census records, I use spelling as shown - those aren't typos.) Since I can no longer hold a camera, I've had to give up my passion to photograph lost cemeteries. Am using that time to enhance and link memorials.

Happy graving - and remember to thank our Veterans and Active Service men and women.
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Debbie Clardy
Virgil Berry
Thank you for the information on Virgil Berry!! I'm sorry it took so long for me to respond but the update has been made.
Added by Debbie Clardy on Sep 30, 2015 10:58 AM
RE: Nona Wells
LaDon Brennan, Thank you so much for the transfer, I appreciate that you took the time to create the memorial and I appreciate you taking the time to research so you could add a great bio. As I stated before I did not remove any of the bio. And I do not know who did. You said there was a story to tell... I know the story very well. I did just now "honor" your edits. with the exception of adding the names of my great aunts & my great uncle,who all are very much alive & well. I did that out of respect for them not out of disrespect for you.I was very impressed with your bio & your contribution to the memorials you have added to this site. That took a lot of time & effort & caring to do that. I was very respectful to you & asking for the transfer....Thank you again
Added by TMPR on Sep 22, 2015 5:12 PM
Richard Whiteman
RE: McDermet & Wells
You are Welcome I happen to live in the town that this cemetery is in. I found them very quick and put the pictures up for you.
Added by Richard Whiteman on Sep 22, 2015 1:23 PM
RE: Harriet Swarthout
You're welcome and thank you! :)
Added by KsCityKim on Sep 21, 2015 10:43 AM
Ted DeLozier
RE: Edit
I transferred family to my daughter Debbie Dody..At that point in time, they said I was at the end of my time...I felt like it was, too..Do feel better but not producing enough blood, so take transfusions..If we get rid of this present infection in my jaw, bone marrow could kick in and get to work???
Added by Ted DeLozier on Sep 20, 2015 9:13 AM
Ted DeLozier
RE: Edit
I did find out the date that moms sister Agnes Robertson died, December 20, 2004, but can not find a memorial in California..If you should run across it her parents memorials are Walter Brown#127413340 and Leah #127413474..Many thanks..
Added by Ted DeLozier on Sep 19, 2015 11:10 AM
Ted DeLozier
RE: Edit
Thank you..I wanted to get all of moms sisters and brothers linked together..I can't find information from any cousins to link Agnes, so am doing some searching...
Added by Ted DeLozier on Sep 19, 2015 10:26 AM
Ted DeLozier
RE: Edit
LaDon, I keep on going past the deadlines the docs tell me!!!Got out of the hospital 10 weeks ago yesterday, three oncologists said 2 weeks, go to nursing home with hospice, Pam wanted me to come home and no hospice...I have improved a bit, can still take care of personal needs, back to Columbia for oral surgeon next Thursday morning..God has the final say, maybe I still have a mission to complete..Good spirits, lots of people pray for me, I run on prayer power...Blessings your way...
Added by Ted DeLozier on Sep 19, 2015 9:46 AM
RE: Combs cemetery, MO
Calculated from your typed info. Glad to help. It's such a forlorn-looking little cemetery (from the posted photos). Especially for a cemetery that was burying as late as 1944. I'm so glad that you've worked so hard on this one. Don't have anyone in there. Just found it while looking for someone. Keep up the good work!
Added by JanisG on Sep 15, 2015 1:51 PM
Cynthia Kenny
William J. Smith/Forbes Cemetery
LaDon-I have sent you an obit in full through email. Thank-you for adding the info, you are welcome to reprint the obit, if you wish.
Added by Cynthia Kenny on Sep 06, 2015 8:41 AM
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