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"When God sends forth a special living soul to learn the ways of the earth, an earthly mother's love is waiting; we call this wonder birth. When God calls home a loving earthly soul and stills a fleeting breath, a Heavenly Father's love is waiting; this too is birth, not death."
I am willing to transfer any memorials which are not my ancestors or relatives and will try to help anyone with information or research. I think it is important to identify persons, when possible, so we can know who they are and who their families are, for historical and personal reasons.
Sixty seven years ago I started looking for lost graves as Grandma sent me, at age 8, to find "the indention by the pine tree, near great great grandpa's headstone" so she could place flowers where a baby was buried in 1869 with no "marker". From her, I learned to look for that tiny "frosted" spot when the night before had been chilly (the ground is still warmer at a burial site which has no vault, even after 100's of years!)
I first knew grief when Grandma died, 60 years ago. To honor her, I began genealogy research from her precious family records. Fifty five years ago the death of my young first husband, at the hands of robbers, nearly caused the loss of my first unborn child. Years later, a miscarriage took another son and now, for the past 31 years, we have also grieved for our youngest son, lost to a freak accident. Brad
Writing personal histories has been a passion for over 40 years, since I found my relationship to Mormon Battalion soldiers and an early U.S. President.
Being an unpaid cemetery sexton for the past 25 years has required mapping and recording (handwritten) of over 3,000 birth & death locations and overseeing burials and settings of gravestones for some 950 persons. During this time, the birth and death records from 1854 at one cemetery and from 1869 to date, at another, were located and recorded; exact grave locations had never been written down for 155 years! I'm still hand drawing family lot maps for the latter cemetery for all owners.
For over 30 years, I have composed poetry and short stories about loved ones' passing, both for my own and others.
So, am I a "graver" ?, a "griever", a "genealogist", a "historian", a "sexton", a "poet" or just kind of "nutty"?? (We ALL could have, instead of this, been lounging on "sum beach sum where", ya know!)
Anyway, I feel sad when an unkind remark is posted, or it is stated that Find a Grave was designed for one purpose and that "newcomers", who want to use it for genealogy, or some other reason than it was originally intended, should go elsewhere. I hope it is intended to help us all find burial locations, which should include photos, dates, and family links, if possible for proper identification.
Short bios also help identify specific individuals and search data sources can help us verify the positive location. That is why I believe that a gravestone, with poor or misinterpreted information, should be supplemented with the best historical facts available, if possible. After all, it is Find a Grave, not "Find a Stone". Sometimes, nothing else is available, but that is a sad case; unknown, with unknown dates does not tell us much, especially when there is no stone or it is illegible.
I hope to help & will gladly transfer, edit, delete or correct anything I contribute; I'm slow, but I'm OLD, please have patience!
Suprise! Thanks so much to Renee for the Sponsorship of Our Sweet Rose...what an honor to be cared for by such a dedicated animal lover.
I am grateful AGAIN to Love Always, Renee for the sponsorship of my beloved Daddy - what a generous contributor she is...check out her loving memorials!
PLEASE NOTE: Check the top center of your profile page - if an "edit" tab is there - you need to click on it and check to approve or reject any edits that may have been sent to you - only a few email "edit" notices are coming from fag since this new feature was added.
Sorry, I have to laugh.... recently seen on a gravestone, (wife's, Jo Ann's stone) "DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND CRY, I AM NOT HERE, I DID NOT DIE" ...alongside on the husband's stone, "JO ANN - IF WE DID NOT DIE, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?".... [ I SAID I'm sorry! ]
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Thanks for visiting Aaron's memorial and for leaving a note for his Mother.
Added by Mary on Sep 26, 2016 9:52 AM
Please visit my great-nephew Find A Grave #170268882 Aaron who was recently murdered by being shot in the back and then put in a vehicle in a salvage yard and then the car was crushed by the murderer who had the only key to the crusher to hide his crime.
Added by Mary on Sep 25, 2016 5:02 PM
|Daniel Christensen||RE: 120864|
Done sorry for the delay been sick for a long time.
No need for 'thanks'...it was a pleasure.
Added by Legsie11 on Sep 17, 2016 12:26 PM
|Diana McDevitt Eyler||RE: Brad|
You are so very welcome. It was my pleasure to visit Brad on his birthday. Have a nice weekend Diana.
You are welcome. Rosie
|Patty Valentino||You are so very welcome.....|
...Shirleen. Thank You for visiting Sgt. Manno. I
appreciate it very much.
Take care and God Bless you and yours,
With Love and Blessings,
|Esther Kinder||RE: Brad|
It was my honor to place a token on Brad's memorial
|Star Kline||Thinking of you|
I'm sure this week will be difficult for you, Shirleen. May you be comforted by the many wonderful, loving memories you have of your dear son Brad. Know that you have friends who care and are sending strength and positive thoughts to you.
|Linda L||Monroe Barrett|
I was looking for an email and discovered an email from you that I had flagged in August to review as I had time, but I am not sure if it was handled. I do not see anything amiss. Can you refresh my memory, does this memorial contain incorrect info? # 151947968.
Added by Linda L on Sep 09, 2016 6:16 AM
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