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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 13, 9, 2, and the last born Aug 2013. They live ten miles away. As a teenager I mowed Cannon Cemetery, Carroll County, Missouri, with a push mower, which has about 75 graves, and about three miles from our home. Beginning this job,circa 1966, I wasn't even old enough to drive yet, so my father and I would load up the mower in the back of his pickup. He would use hand clippers around the stones while I mowed. Our father was the best ever, and helped instill good work ethics in us three kids, starting at an early age. It was big money back then, $5.00 to mow the whole cemetery. By the time I gave up the job, some 7 or 8 years later, the pay had risen to $7.00. And gasoline was steady at 19 cents per gallon. Of which my father was kind enough not to charge me for, but let me know, that one day, it would become my own responsibility.

Those same work ethics were provided to me by our mother as well. My brother, six years older, and my sister, three years older, were both working at Bales' Orchard, a few miles west of our home. I was only 9 years old, but the manager, Elvin Elliott, told my mother "just leave her here too, and we'll keep her busy and see how it works out". I'm guessing it worked out, as I worked there every summer until after I graduated from high school. Our pay for picking strawberries was 3 cents per quart and I was always very proud to take the punched cards to Dr. Bales' office to 'cash in'. Looking back, I'm sure my mother spent more on my sacked lunch (we called it dinner in those days), those first couple of years of my 'employment', but she taught me the value of where the dimes came from. We worked for them. She, too, was a treasure to filling my life with lessons of love, values, respect, honesty, caring for others and earning our way. Same as our father taught us.

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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Dolores J. Rush
neva d
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Nov 23, 2016 3:41 PM
Richard Parker
Thomas Haney

Sending you Thomas's death record for his bio.

Death Record
Thomas Haney
Birth: October 25, 1837
Birth county: Carroll
Birth State: Missouri
Death: March 1, 1914
Death County: Carroll
Death State: Missouri
Father: William Haney
Father's Birth Place: Kentucky
Mother: Mary (Unknown) Haney
Mother's Birth Place: Kentucky
Informant: Mary A. Haney
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Age: 76Y - 4M - 4M
Gender: Male
Race: White
Burial Place: Salem Cemetery
Burial Date: March 2, 1914
Death Certificate Number: 7756

His mother's name Mary "Polly" Bailey

Than you for your time and trouble,

Added by Richard Parker on Nov 14, 2016 8:33 AM
Dolores J. Rush
Neva D. Thornhill
Thank you for adding a flower to her memorial.
Added by Dolores J. Rush on Nov 13, 2016 11:16 PM
S. Trotter
Thank you!!! Sylvia
Added by S. Trotter on Oct 24, 2016 10:36 PM
deanna french
Carroll Co. MO. Jefferson French/George Hill Civil War Veterans
May I use the monument photo's that you contributed to the Find A Grave Memorials for Jefferson French and George Hill, to post on the Vermont Civil War site? (

You will receive credit for this.
Thank you for your consideration.

Deanna French
Added by deanna french on Sep 29, 2016 7:42 PM
Bonnie Shirley Amery
RE: Roy Thomas
I treasure your words---"Each Day Counts".
Bonnie Jean
Added by Bonnie Shirley Amery on Aug 26, 2016 12:43 PM
Sylvia Whaley
Daisy Heishman #33778409
Hi Loretta,
We have finished photographing the gravestones in Brunswick City Cemetery. We did not find a stone for Daisy. I will delete my memorial for Daisy, but will wait until you enter it in Evergreen Cemetery. If you would like to use any of the information I have feel free to do so.

Thanks for all you do on Find-A-Grave.
Added by Sylvia Whaley on May 21, 2016 10:02 AM
Robin Sellars
Hi Loretta. Thank you for making it easy to find my grandparents and dad all listed together. My question is how can I get my dad's brother transferred as my grandparents child and my dad's brother? The person that created my uncles page is no longer taking messages. My grand parents are Lowell Alvin O'Neal #138948053, Ruth Bertha Louise Mueller O'Neal # 138948253, my dad is Jerry Herman O'Neal # 119953134. The uncle I would like transferred is Teddy Dean O'Neal #9026384. Is there anything that can be done to unite them all together?
Added by Robin Sellars on May 18, 2016 5:34 PM
Carolyn (Smith) Szafran
RE: Ira Hoy
Hi Loretta, nice meeting you. Ira Hoy was my great uncle. He was married one time to Gertrude Alice Smith. They had three children, Austin, Alice and Laverne. Mary Singleton was his step-mother. Their stones have always been a puzzle to me. I think one side shows William Hoy and his wife Elizabeth and two of their children who both died, one when three years old and one when five years old. It then looks like his second wife Mary died so she was added on the other side, then his son Ira and Iraís wife Gertrude. I think Williamís other children died as adults and were not included on his stone. It is so interesting that you knew Austin, I wish I could have met him.
Added by Carolyn (Smith) Szafran on May 14, 2016 8:37 PM
Kathy Lin Eggleston
Mable Claire Singleton
I was going through some of my Aunt Bettie's things to put her family history together for her only son, when I happened upon Mable Claire Singleton! What a jewel! I remember Aunt Bettie telling me she didn't have a family because they all died off. In truth, she didn't know enough about her parents to find anything. She died in 2012. I know if she had known Mable was alive, she would have visited her!
Aunt Bettie's name was Dorothy Singleton and her father was George F Singleton, son of William L Singleton.
I noticed the tomb stones and wondered if Mable did them? Also, are their any pictures of the family or histories? Anywhere I can contact to find out?
This is where I found Mable and you:
Thanks so much!
Kathy Lin Eggleston
Added by Kathy Lin Eggleston on Apr 27, 2016 8:43 PM
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