Death is only physical for the redeemed. Where will you be in 50 yrs, 60 yrs, 100 yrs.?
I picked up a new hobby. I photograph tombstones for people who are researching a genealogy. After a couple of weeks walking through cemeteries I began to notice the neglected graves. Many of these neglected graves say "MOTHER" or "FATHER" ...followed by their names, dates of birth and death. I see many graves from the 1920s that have no flowers, no sign of anyone tending it. Weeds growing around it, ants or some other animal or insect has burrowed under the tombstone and it is tilted. I read their names and think how the parents of "MOTHER" or "FATHER" shed tears of joy at their birth and how their children shed tears of sorrow at their death. They were typical persons. While young they felt immortal, life would last forever as a youth. They felt indestructible. Then they aged and suddenly found themselves past their youth, health failing, their mortality became evident. "MOTHER" and "FATHER" passed away and the children wept in their loss. Life goes on and they tell stories to their children and grandchildren. They begin by saying, "remember when "MOTHER" "FATHER"…" did this or that or said something amusing or a word of wisdom? But now even their children are passed away and the new generation feels immortal and indestructible, with no need to go to a cemetery. Even the place where "MOTHER" or "FATHER" are buried may no longer be remembered. No more tears of joy nor tears of weeping, no more stories of, "remember when….". We also will one day be where "MOTHER" and "FATHER" are, a tombstone that leans and no one remembering where we were buried. This life is nothing more than a breath of air, a puff of smoke, vapor that dissipates quickly and is soon forgotten. Christ was killed 2000 yrs ago. Stories of His are still told, he is still quoted. Why? Because He rose from the dead and lives forever. He died to pay my debt. Even when the world forgets me, Christ still knows me.
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Theron Winchester Sorry, I should have sent them both in the same note... can you also transfer Theron Winchester (ID 70118187)? He is my great grandfather and I have the same information to put with him and would like to link the family all together.
Samantha Winchester Would it be possible for you to transfer ownership of memorial 70118188 (Samantha Winchester) to me? This is my great grandmother and I would like to update it with her obituary and grave photos, etc.
I saw that you posted her memorial card and wondered if you were related to her? She's my 3rd great-grandmother through her son Benjamin Franklin Spurlin. I'd love to know if you have any more info or photos of the family.
Elizabeth Holmes My GGG-Grandmother is Elizabeth Clarke Tipping Holmes, memorial #70107006, as well as the related memorials - #70107009, 70107007, 70107013, 70107016,and 70107015. If possible, would you please transfer these memorial tome for further editing and clarification.
I do have another request - if possible, could yo also provides photos of their gravesite? am in Texas and have no immediate plans to travel to IL.
Thank you for your creation of the memorials and your consideration for my request.
carl vernon strater his wife Norma Claypool Strater is buried in Macon County Memorial Park in Decatur, IL. His son Woodrow Eugene Strater is there as well. his daughter just pasted Joyce Ann Strater passed and she will be buried in the same space as her brother Woodrow. Her dates are 12/1/1941-2/8/2016 her parents died in an auto accident in 1945
I am very grateful to you for having listed my great-great-grandparents Thomas Owen and Jane "Jenny" Mitchell Roberts in find-a-grave.com as memorials no. 78396816 and 78396817. However, I was in Lerna, IL earlier this month looking for the gravesites, and could not find them--whether because their names had worn away, stones were simply missing, or I was at the wrong cemetery, I do not know. I did find a cemetery just north of E Co Rd 250 N, between N County Rd. 1160 E and 1100E, southeast of Lerna, IL, with a sign identifying it as the “Pleasant Prairie Indian Cemetery.” (Apparently it is the former church graveyard from a Pleasant Prairie Presbyterian Church, whose former location on the piece of land is identified by a rock and an engraved bronze tablet, as shown on findagrave.com under the description of "Old Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery"). "Pleasant Prairie I.C." is a small cemetery with a few graves located in a row outside (and east of) the chain link fence; however it is not necessary to cross a ditch to reach those graves, it's only necessary to walk around the end of a dry culvert which may or may not be "Indian Creek."
My questions for you therefore are (i) where did you obtain the information that my two ancestors were buried at the “Old Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery,” (ii) are records of the "Old Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery" still extant somewhere, perhaps with a map showing how plots were laid out and the names of people buried in those plots, and (iii) was the "Pleasant Prairie Indian Cemetery" I found the same or different from the "Old Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery" listed on findagrave.com?
Many thanks for your prompt reply, as I am obligated by a letter from my grandmother Roberts to her son (my father) to repair/replace the markers of her beloved grandparents, something I would like to do during my lifetime.
Memorial transfer Would it be possible to transfer the memorials numbers noted below. These are my great grandparents. I am the one who uploaded the photos on their respective findagrave sites. Thank you.
R Hogarty (#48131198)
Rebecca Ann Mulquin Flood Created by: Tim Naab Record added: Apr 09, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 88289125
John Thomas Flood Created by: Tim Naab Record added: Apr 09, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 88289159