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Mary(Coggin)Russell (#46598967)
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Bio Photo My name is Mary Russell. I live in Hereford, Texas.

Curious about the headstone on my Profile Page? To read about him, Click Here for Richard Dwain Coggin. He is my oldest brother who was a coach in Idalou, Texas and he and his passenger, the High School Football Head coach were killed instantly in a wreck. It left the small town devastated and resulted in the name of the football stadium being changed to the name of the coach. I hope you will leave flowers for him when you do read his memorial.

PLEASE NOTE:I check very carefully before I post a new memorial from the local newspapers and if there are none already posted, I post it and some are posting after me. I do not post duplicates except for a mistake in spelling. If someone else lists it a few minutes later, they have not checked or are deliberately posting a duplicate. Mine is not there as a duplicate but was the first one to be posted.

I recently finished walking the two oldest and largest cemetery in town. I added photos and memorials to FAG, as I did this. I would encourage anyone who is able, to walk your local cemetery and photograph each and everyone of the visible headstones. It adds greatly to someone being able to find their long lost relatives. It also does not take long to photograph a few rows at a time and the exercise and fresh air is such a benefit to you. Also, it is amazing the history in those cemeteries when you research the individuals there. Your old High School Annuals are full of info about the person and they turn into a real person when you can add some tidbits about the person to their memorials.

When I was younger, I would throw temper tantrums when it was time to go to the yearly family reunion. I hated them. I honestly still do. Back then, no air conditioning and those hot frilly dresses were more than I could bear. My mom did take me on strolls through the cemeteries along our travels and I found them fascinating because I wanted to know how they died. I have only been interested in genealogy the last couple of years and I am still curious about how they died and thanks to Ancestry, I am usually able to find out and I do post on my memorials why and I also post death certificates. I know that if I found out that someone had info on my family and didn't post it, I would be so disappointed. When I found Findagrave 11 years ago, I added my brother to it and did nothing else with it and now I am so hooked on it that I can't get enough of adding folks from years gone by. I love seeing a name from the 1800's and I will research it til there is nothing left to research about it.

I have been called the Yearbook lady by some here on FAG. I research many very old Yearbooks and have added some people who might never be added to FAG. I also research old documents, newspapers and scrapbooks to memorialize those that might not ever be remembered. Everyone deserves to be remembered and acknowledged as special.

My personal family searches include Coggin, Matthews, Kenyon, Adams, Dillard, Russell, Bush, Leist, Mitchell, Dillard and Boling.

If you see your family and you want me to transfer a memorial to you, I will be glad to do it except for those that are my family. I will not transfer anyone who is kin to me even as a distant cousin. I do not like transferring people that I am sponsoring because that means that I put in money and lots of time on that memorial. I am having more requests than usual asking me to transfer someone who is not your relative. I do not want you to ask me to transfer someone that is not your relative as I put time in on my memorials and most are me doing the research on them and I am researching many people from the 1800's and trying to add details about them that someone might not ever know about them. I am not your average "numbers only is what counts person" on FAG. I am about remembering a person. So, please do not ask for a transfer if you are not a relative. I always do make exceptions to the rule though, but I have to hear your reason for wanting a transfer if you are not a relative.

I am very glad to add people to find a grave for anyone who is unable to do so themselves and I will be glad to add a picture for you also. I love helping everyone.

I want to make a note here that I try very hard to not duplicate memorials and if you find I have duplicated one that you created before me, I cheerfully remove it. I will even transfer to you what information I have on my memorial. Please do not ask me to delete a memorial that I created before you did. Check the dates on the duplicates as the one who posted first has precedence. Also, please treat me with respect because I make mistakes just like everyone else and I never duplicate memorials on purpose.

Feel free to use my pictures if you feel the need for them. Please do not take the pictures that have not been taken by me personally as I have no say so about those. This includes, those photos that I have posted prior to 1923 which should be in the public domain. They are still not my photos and I would not want any problems with copyright on anything. To be safe, you should just ask me about something before you "borrow" it.
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Phyllis J. James
Did you contact me about the above families? I looked at Charles A. Blank's picture. This is my husbands cousin. I saw your name and decided to contact you. Charles A. Blank is the son of Charles Fabian Blank, who is the brother of Christine Charlotte Blank/Anderson/Hazelgreen. Nelson Blank at Blake Cemetery in Portage ? Indiana. Charles F. and Christine are side by side per cemetery people.
Clara Hazelgreen died in Seattle 1957. I cannot locate other family pictures. Can you give me some instruction for Findagrave. Jill James. I have obit. for Charles A.and some family history.

Jill James
Added by Phyllis J. James on Oct 01, 2015 8:46 PM
Claire Ehrhart Abel
Thank you for letting me know - I deleted the ones I created
Just so everyone has a memorial

So glad someone is paying attention to this cemetery!

Thank you
Added by Claire Ehrhart Abel on Sep 29, 2015 4:11 PM
Sue Armstrong
RE: Streu
I agree. I miss my husband because he was one of the good guys. Hopefully, you have one.
Added by Sue Armstrong on Sep 29, 2015 11:23 AM
Sue Armstrong
RE: Streu
Sorry about that. What are the men of this day thinking. It's horrible what is happening in this world. Things have to change.
Added by Sue Armstrong on Sep 29, 2015 11:16 AM
Sue Armstrong
RE: Streu
Thank you for this information. Shelby's dad was quite a ring tail snorter. He was having children with another woman, while his wife, Joan was having kids at the same time. I think when Joan found out after Shelby passed away, she divorced him, and Raymond was free to marry the mother of his other children. He is still alive with his 3rd wife in Amarillo. - Sue
Added by Sue Armstrong on Sep 29, 2015 11:08 AM
Carmen Camilla Jones Sommers Wright
Thank you for the transfer of her memorial.

Added by rootofitall on Sep 20, 2015 7:41 PM
RE: Richardsons in Mountain Ridge Cemetery
My fault, Mary. I should have been clearer.

I have a limited time in the area, so I can never be certain how much time I'll be able to spend in the cemeteries.

Take care.

Added by Kathy on Sep 20, 2015 7:00 PM
RE: Richardsons in Mountain Ridge Cemetery
Hi, Mary,

Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I didn't have time to get through the entire cemetery today - despite what it looks like on Find-a-Grave, Mountain Ridge is not a small cemetery - it covers about 15 acres and I'd guess there are probably around 3500 burials. Your Richardsons probably are there, but in a section I didn't get to today. The new Richardsons I added were ones I found as I was looking, and who didn't already have memorials. I was taking lots of photos today and trying to be systematic about it, so that cut down on my time to look for specific people. I'll try to get back there, but I can't make any promises.

Sorry to have confused you.

Take care.


Added by Kathy on Sep 20, 2015 5:47 PM
Richardsons in Mountain Ridge Cemetery
Hi, Mary,

I hope you are doing well.

I was taking some photos at Mountain Ridge today. Unfortunately, I didn't come across any of the Richardsons for whom you had requested photos. However, I did find a couple others. I don't know if they are also your family. They are Elias and Abigail Richardson, and at least their daughter Abigail. I'm added memorials for them. If these are folks you are researching, and I have made any errors in trying to read the older stones, please let me know. There was also separate stones for Fred R, without dates, and Elizabeth, 1824-1900, with "Mother" on her stone. From their locations, my guess is that these are relatives of Elias and Abigail, but I'm not sure. Again, if they are folks you know, I'd appreciate either your help in identifying them, or, if you would like to manage their memorials, just let me know that.

Take care.

Added by Kathy on Sep 20, 2015 2:46 PM
Catherine Copeland
RE: Cornelia Copeland
Hi Miss Mary,

I apologize for not seeing this sooner. Yes, if you could scan/send me what you have, I would be so appreciative!

Thank you,
Catherine Copeland
Added by Catherine Copeland on Sep 20, 2015 10:57 AM
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