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Ele Thompson (#48078355)
 member for 4 years, 6 months, 8 days
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 • 102 Memorials Added
 • 102 Memorials Managed
 • 228 Photos
 • 8 Volunteer Photos Taken
Messages left for Ele Thompson (12)[Leave Message]
Sandra Scott
RE: Ethyl Elizabeth Story Heywood, Memorial # 94526580
Thank you!

Added by Sandra Scott on Jul 06, 2015 5:37 PM
Sandra Scott
Ethyl Elizabeth Story Heywood, Memorial # 94526580
I wonder if I may have your permission to use your grave marker photo on my family website. Check it out at This is how I'd be using the photos and obituaries I find on Find A Grave, with 'used with permission' in the caption.

Thank you.
Sandra Scott
Added by Sandra Scott on Jul 05, 2015 10:23 PM
B.J. Waters
RE: Woodlawn
Thanks, Ele! I will give your e-mail address to the 'moderator' of the Woodlawn Yahoo Group. She will send you an invitation to join the group. The last message that was sent out to the group was asking us all which Saturday in March were we all available. A date is chosen based on everyone's response. So I hope you can come! I look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,
Added by B.J. Waters on Feb 19, 2014 9:39 PM
B.J. Waters
Hi Ele! This is just to let you know that the Woodlawn Volunteers are going to be there Saturday morning the 15th at 9:00. I'm not sure at this point how many will be there, but we have been working on the Garden of Peace (right as you enter, on the left side) so if you can go, watch for them. I have an appointment in the a.m. to donate platelets, so I won't be there until noon, and I plan to be there for an hour or so. If you can come, that would be great.

If not, please keep in touch and consider joining the Yahoo Group so you can receive messengers from the group members.

Thank you again for your interest in Woodlawn.

Added by B.J. Waters on Feb 13, 2014 10:04 PM
B.J. Waters
RE: Woodlawn Cemetery
Hello! Thanks for getting back to me. It is always nice to hear from someone who is willing to help us at Woodlawn. We've had some volunteers come and go, mainly because of health issues, or work issues. What I would like to do is have you join our Yahoo Group so that you can send and receive messages to everyone in the group at the same time. We have found that it is the best way to coordinate our available dates. There's only a handful of us right now. If you've never joined a Yahoo Group, it is easy and private, only between the Group members. If you want to do that, I can have the Group moderator send you an "invitation" to join. Just tell me your e-mail address and I will give it to Cheri, the moderator. If you don't want others on Find a Grave to see your e-mail address, I will delete your message immediately. If you prefer to not join the Yahoo Group at this point, that is fine, I can simply keep in touch with you and let you know the next date. Right now there has not been a February date set yet.

I sprained by wrist and ankle falling on the stairs at my office on Monday, so I might not be going on the next outing. This may take 4 to 6 weeks to heal. Why don't you let me know if you are available on any of the Saturdays in February, and I will relay that to the group?

Added by B.J. Waters on Jan 15, 2014 11:40 AM
B.J. Waters
Angeles Abbey
Hello! I noticed the message you left on another contributor's page about the mausoleum at Angeles Abbey. So, you've met and dealt with Oscar, the manager! Isn't he a piece of work? One day I was waiting for him to unlock the mausoleum. I was taking some random photos of the graves near the door to the mausoleum, and he walked up to me and asked "Do you know that person?" And I smiled and said "Well, actually, no. He's dead." Oscar was not amused. He said that he was worried about people using the names from the cemetery to commit voter fraud! Ha! So I had to explain to him about Find A Grave, and that I was a volunteer, etc. etc. He was actually nice to me after that, but I learned to only ask for 2 or 3 locations at a time. He told me about 4 years ago (when I was new at this) that at one time he started to put all the records on a computer but something happened and it crashed, and he 'lost' everything. He's been meaning to try again, but he operates that place on a shoestring. He is very possessive of it, and afraid of vandalism, etc. I don't really blame him on that point; I have seen the damage that was done to the stained glass windows in the largest mausoleum. He won't let anyone go into any of the mausoleums without an escort. He claims that it is for your own protection - well he has a point there, too, but that's a bummer because he won't let you just stand around in there and take random photos.

I finally gave up on Angeles Abbey. There are now over 100 open photo requests. It could take years at this rate to get them fulfilled.

I have seen your name on some of the photos at Woodlawn. Are you interested in joining our group of photographers who are trying to photograph the entire cemetery? We go once a month on a Saturday morning and spend a couple of hours cleaning and taking photos. There are only a few of us but we would like to see our numbers grow. Please let me know if you are interested. Our next trip happens to be tomorrow at 9:00. But anytime you'd like to join us, that would be great.

Best regards,
Added by B.J. Waters on Jan 03, 2014 9:21 PM
The Drake Family (cont,)
Thanks so much for using your persuasion skills! There must be a lot of similar mausoleum managers since I don't see a lot of photos of crypts on Find A Grave. Thanks, again! You were terrific!
Added by suinlb on Aug 21, 2013 7:26 PM
Thank you very much for the photo of Thomas Drake's stone.
Added by Vickey on Aug 21, 2013 6:48 PM
The Drake Family
Thank you so much Ele for your rapid response to photographing the crypts of this family. Wow! You were fast! It's nice to have a final resting place noted for family. Thank you for what you do for Find A Grave!

Added by suinlb on Aug 21, 2013 6:03 PM
Olpha Bowen
Thank you for the grave photo..she is a part of my husband's family...I appreciate your time and effort to Find a Grave..

Added by Patricia on Aug 21, 2013 11:39 AM
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