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I love genealogy. My husband and I traveled to find the gravesites of our relatives and were so thrilled when we found them. We took pictures and made memorial pages for our family albums so when I found Find A Grave I was happy to be able to add them for future family researchers. What a great idea! I hope I can help someone else find who they are looking for. Credit FAG, it is a wonderful site.

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Eliza Casler
RE: Paul and Martha Fowler's graves
Hi Cat,
Mabel and Hazel, 2 of the sisters, are already linked to each other. Can we link their 3rd sister Martha with them, and on Martha's page add the link to Paul's marker page?

On Martha's page can we place the following text please?

Martha Mary Meyer Fowler was born in Joliet, Illinois on 09/23/1900. Her parents, Robert and Elizabeth Meyer came from Switz, Germany. Martha and her husband Paul Wyman Fowler moved to Orlando, FL in 1926. Together they ran a business, the “Orlando Fruit and Produce Co.” on West Colonial Drive. After Paul died in 1945 Martha continued to run the business which expanded to include frozen foods and sold to Orlando restaurants. 
Martha was an excellent artist who enjoyed painting flowers and seascapes in oils. She was a member of the Artist League of Orange County (ALOC). When she retired she continued to paint and garden until her death in 1975.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
Martha was buried next to her beloved husband Paul in Quitman, Georgia.
Survivors (as of 1975): 2 sisters, Mrs Mabel H Farlow and Mrs Hazel Ramsey, both of Orlando; 2 brothers, Frank Meyer of Miami and William H Meyer of Orange, Calif.; her nephew, Rodney Ramsey of Winter Springs, her niece Marilyn Adams of Gainesville, and several nieces and nephews living in Miami and California. 
Since 1976 to this day an annual “Martha Fowler Excellence Award” is presented to a deserving ALOC artist who produced an artwork of exceptional quality.
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 24, 2017 8:46 AM
Eliza Casler
RE: Paul and Martha Fowler's graves
Hi Cat,
You wrote earlier that on you found a large family in Illinois and then chrome froze up. Were you able to find it again please?

Now that I am in contact with Martha's niece, I will talk to her about linking the 4 graves: Martha Fowler: 140826221
Paul Fowler: 140826199
HAZEL M. RAMSEY: 150406244
Mabel Helen Farlow: 150406810
and adding an obituary for Martha. Apparently the Orlando Sentinel obit had an incorrect birthplace for her (she was born in Joliet-Ill like her sisters).
I have a question Cat, I don't understand why Paul's page says that he died in 1943 when his tombstone clearly has a 5 not a 3 for 1945. Can that be remedied, or can it only be requested from a family member? Not sure how the system works.

Thanks again for everything, Eliza
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 24, 2017 6:45 AM
Eliza Casler
RE: Paul and Martha Fowler's graves
Hi Cat,
Thank you for your message and for finding Martha's sisters' graves - both buried in the Greenwood cemetery here in Orlando, FL - though their obituaries do not mention that they were 5 siblings. I am so indebted to your fastidious help!!

Hazel's 2 children were named.
I found her daughter Marilyn Adams's number in Gainesville-FL and called her last night. An amazing discovery. She had no idea that my Art League had been giving a yearly artistic award in her aunt Martha's name since 1976 (Martha was one of the 1st artists in the ALOC League when it formed in 1953). Marilyn has family photos and... Martha's oil paintings! which was the goal of my search. Now I can write a full story on Martha who has been a mystery sponsor to our League for so many years.
I believe it is important to remember and honor our predecessors. I can't wait to hear all about Martha. Thank you, thank you, Cat!
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 24, 2017 4:29 AM
Eliza Casler
RE: Paul and Martha Fowler's graves
Hi Cat,
Wow this is awesome. Thank you so much for confirming that their graves are side by side.
Interesting that the headstones match possibly because Martha's family ordered them.

I got a response from the Valdosta college and got Martha's obit. I am transcribing it for you.
Mrs. Paul W. Fowler
QUITMAN - Mrs Paul W Fowler, 74, of Orlando, Fla, died at her residence Sunday after a long illness. She was the former Mary Martha Meyers of Brooks County. She moved to Orlando in 1926. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
Survivors include 2 sisters. Mrs Mabel H Farlow and Mrs Hazel Ramsey, both of Orlando, and 2 brothers, Frank Meyers of Miami and William H Meyers of Orange, Calif.
Funeral services are to be held at 2pm Wednesday at the graveside in Oak Hill Cemetery with Rev Anthony Hearn officiating. Maxwell Funeral Home of Quitman is in charge of arrangements.

After reading that obit I looked on findagrave and found there was a Paul Wyman Fowler buried in the same cemetary in Quitman (which YOU Cat also listed and photographed - how neat). Just too much of a coincidence, which is why I contacted you to find out if their graves were next to each other. Thanks again!

I also found an obit for Martha in the Orlando Sentinel archives:
Issue Date: Tuesday, July 15, 1975
Mrs Martha Mary Fowler, 74
Born in Bradley, III., she moved to Orlando 49 years ago from Quitman, Ga. She was an artist and a member of the Artist League of Orange County. She was retired secretary and treasurer of the Orlando Fruit and Produce Co., and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. Survivors: sisters, Mrs. Mable H. Farlow, Mrs Hazel M. Ramsey, both of Orlando, and brothers, Frank R. Myer, Miami, William H. Myer, Orange, Calif. Fair-child Funeral Home, Orlando.

So it seems that Paul and Martha did not have children - or any surviving children. The name Meyer is spelled Meyers at times, or Myer... Paul would have died in 1945 in Orlando-FL ? and after Martha died in 1975 in Orlando her family moved her body to Quitman and buried her next to him... 30 years later. Wow, that's beautiful.

I will contact the Valdosta college to request an obit for Paul.
So glad you have access to Census. Are Census done every 10 years? I wish I could contact Martha's sisters in Orlando, but they are probably passed too by now. Can't find any info on the sisters or the brothers. I will let you know. Thanks, Cat!
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 23, 2017 4:47 AM
Eliza Casler
Paul and Martha Fowler's graves
Hi Cat,
You helped me before with info about Martha Fowler (born 1900-d. 1975). [].------ It is possible that Mr Paul Wyman Fowler (born 1896 - died 1943) was her husband. [] -- They are both buried in Oak Hill cemetery, in Quitman, GA (Brooks County). --- Can you tell me if their 2 graves are close to each other please? -- Thanks, Eliza Pineau Casler.
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 21, 2017 5:59 PM
Kelli McPheters
RE: McCann
My mother was born and raised in Quitman, Ga. as well as several generations before her. Her maiden name is "Freeman" She lives in north Georgia now, so we don't get to go to Quitman very often. So thanks for your help.
Added by Kelli McPheters on Feb 20, 2017 9:51 AM
Eliza Casler
RE: Would like Info about Martha Fowler please
Thank you, Cat, for your prompt reply. I will contact both institutions. Your wealth of knowledge in this matter is much appreciated. Thanks for all you do! Take care, Eliza Pineau Casler.
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 18, 2017 9:07 AM
Kelli McPheters
Thank you so much for all your efforts with the McCann headstones. This will help my family research, thanks again.
Added by Kelli McPheters on Feb 18, 2017 8:15 AM
Eliza Casler
Would like Info about Martha Fowler please
Hi Cat, my name is Eliza Pineau Casler. I live in Orlando, Florida. I am an artist and a member of an artist group called Artists League of Orange County (ALOC - --- Each year we have a Member's exhibit during which we give out the Martha Fowler Excellence award. This year we have been trying to find out who this lady was and it seems that according to dates recorded in this site, the Martha we are looking for is your relative. Mrs Fowler left $1000 to ALOC as a Bequest. The ALOC Board then established an Award in her honor in 1976 for the Art work judged Best in the Members show. The 1st Martha Fowler Award is listed in 1976. ---- Would you please have photos of Martha to send us? Any photos of her artwork? Her life story? -- We would be honored to write a story about her, which I would send you when completed. My email is Much obliged, Eliza.
Added by Eliza Casler on Feb 18, 2017 5:03 AM
C Dawson
Ovelia Barrow @ Rosewood
I wanted to thank you for taking the time and energy to get the headstone pic for Mrs. Barrow. Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
Added by C Dawson on Feb 15, 2017 8:01 AM
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