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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 11, 7, 1, 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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RE: The Kellys
I'm not sure about the John you knew, Elizabeth Kelly Bottom married my uncle, Rolla Thomas Bottom. They had a daughter Betty that I'm looking for, so I've fleshed out Elizabeth's family in hopes that she at some point lived with her daughter. But not so, the daughter would be in her 90s, so as you say, everyday counts!I love to flesh out families whether they are mine or not . . . never know who's looking for them!

Thanks again!
Added by Deekay on Jul 12, 2014 10:37 AM
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RE: African Oak Hill
Thank you that would be great!
Added by Anita D. on Jul 12, 2014 8:30 AM
Kelly photos
You are AWESOME! Thanks so much for the Kelly monument pictures.

You truly went over and above. It's through kindness of people like you those of us so far away can continue to connect with family!

Added by Deekay on Jul 11, 2014 9:51 AM
RE: Kelly in Oak Hill
Yes please, the one's I requested were the only one's I was aware of . . . I truly appreciate you going over and above! Thanks!!!
Added by Deekay on Jul 10, 2014 3:44 PM
Rector Ely Fugit
Thank you for the photo of his headstone. It was also of high quality.
Added by NHans on Jul 10, 2014 1:02 PM
William and Stella Sturges
Thank you so much for the excellent photos of their headstones as well as a photo and memorial for their daughter, Enolla May.
Added by NHans on Jul 10, 2014 1:00 PM
Re: Sarah Rinehart Vinson
I made the changes that you requested. I am not related to Sarah, so would you like me to transfer her memorial to you?
Added by Karen on Jul 09, 2014 12:54 PM
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Benjamin Royse
Thank you for the photo for Ben's site! You do nice work. May you be blessed for blessing others.
Added by Eva Pippin Flowers on Jul 09, 2014 9:42 AM
RE: Sarah Rinehart
Hi Loretta, thank you for all your help and research, this information was great! I really appreciate you and thank you again!!!
Added by shopr on Jul 09, 2014 9:18 AM
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Ben Royce
Hi Loretta,
Fun to connect with people who knew the people when they were living. When I looked his wife had been linked...her site You are right they aren't in the same cemetery.

I'm not aware of any Pippins buried around him, so would be interested if you find that to be true.

We are very distantly related to him through his wife who is a Pippin-3rd cousin 1x removed according to ancestry.

Thanks for being willing to take the photo!
Added by Eva Pippin Flowers on Jul 09, 2014 2:56 AM
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