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Christie Trapp (#46970309)
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Bio Photo I'm a California girl who grew up in Marin County. Moved to Solano County in 1997. Researching family since the 1970s and as of 2014, have over 105,000 family ties. Two Mayflower Pilgrim ancestors - Richard Warren and Francis Eaton among that number.

Started taking photos of tombstones for Find-A-Grave as a Thanksgiving 2008 project that turned out to be more involved than first envisioned! Started with 120 names, but quickly grew to more than 2,500 in just one cemetery!

Have had a love affair with cats all my life. This is Simba, which means Lion. As a kitten he looked just like Simba from Lion King, hence that is how he got his name. He was a diabetic, had pancretitis, developed kidney infections, was anemic, and he walked on his elbows on his hind legs. Comic relief to see him waddle! Went through a couple of wars with the neighborhood cats, both of which he lost, but he was a survivor anyway. Loveable and loved us to death.

He started the downward cycle while we were on vacation in July 2013. The vet was able to bring him around and kept him going until we got home in August. It is with great sadness to announce that on August 15, 2013 Simba was finally sent off to heaven to be with God and all the other worldly cats and kittens. Maybe he'll find some playmates? He was 18 years old and in human years that would be age 84!

The vet told us when he was much younger that he had feline aids because of the first cat bite he received and not to expect him to live very long - perhaps to age 9. That came to pass and he was fine until the next diagnosis, which was a tumor at the base of the head which was inoperable but it wasn't affecting his lifestyle at the time. Then six years ago the diagnosis of high blood pressure and diabetes. Still healthy and active until the last few years when the muscles in his hind legs broke down but he overcame that disability and continued to walk about as described -- more a waddle than a walk. Next diagnosis -- gluacoma in one of his eyes but it didn't affect his getting about and he never went blind. The last diagnosis was the pancratitis and then kidney infections. Everything wrong but he was a fighter till the end. We loved him very much and he will be sorely missed. The vet who became his doctor at the beginning of his life 18 years ago was there at the end. He said Simba was his favorite and we know his entire staff loved Simba when he was there for office visits or to be boarded while we traveled. He told us that the life expectancy for a cat with diabetes was about 3 years, so Simba lived 3 additional years (or 6 total)with the disease. Again, he was a fighter.

Update: Acquired a new kitty in January 2016 that had been hanging around our yard since the summer (was a neighbors cat's offspring) in the hopes that we could get it friendly enough to come in before the urge to mate hit. We missed the capture and she was pregnant. Took to vet who did an ultrasound and said at least two kittens where showing in her belly. Well, 3-21-16 at about 3:45 p.m. she popped two kittens that looked just like her. We call her Mittens because she is Tuxedo - white muff on chest and 4 white mittens on her feet. The two kitties are both black with the same markings except one has a white mouth with a blaze on the nose and a white belly, but both have the 4 white feet. We call the girl Blackie and the boy Mustache.
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Sandy Trudell Duke
Pittinger Wives

We all have been trying to email you at your AOL account and you must not have been receiving our emails. Guessing AOL has been blocking? Check your spam folder.

We received your message today and we all responded. I even tried my gmail account. We have been sending lots of emails about the Shoemaker Book and the Pittinger wives for well over a week.

Will also try and find you on FB.

Added by Sandy Trudell Duke on Jan 26, 2017 6:48 PM
Virginia Meadowcroft
RE: Lydia Hager Beardsley -Mt. View Cemetery - Oakland
You are most welcome. I read your member page and understand how busy you have been. Your new kittens sound adorable. Thank you for all the work you have done for findagrave.
Added by Virginia Meadowcroft on Jan 14, 2017 11:41 AM
Walter M. Sands
Rood Family
Hi Christie,Thank you for the save & the edits. Walter
Added by Walter M. Sands on Jan 01, 2017 12:50 PM
Sandy Trudell Duke
Rachel Pittinger Flumerfelt
Hi, Christie:

Thank you so much for all your Flumerfelt research! Can you tell me where you found the information on Rachel Pittinger Flumerfelt - her first name, DOB and DOD? Rachel is my 3rd great grandmother.

Added by Sandy Trudell Duke on Dec 24, 2016 12:38 PM
Diana Yancey
RE: Louise Ellis Byassee, 150716899
She was born in Ballard Co., KY and died in Paducah, McCracken Co., KY. Please changer her name or Rachel Louise Ellis Byassee.
Added by Diana Yancey on Dec 22, 2016 3:47 PM
Diana Yancey
Joe Ed Byassee
Joe is the son of Rachel Louise Byassee. Her number is 150716899. Please show the family connection.
Added by Diana Yancey on Dec 20, 2016 11:57 PM
Diana Yancey
Louise Ellis Byassee, 150716899
Louise's first name is Rachel. Her date of birth is January 16, 1920 and her death date is August 4, 1958.
Added by Diana Yancey on Dec 20, 2016 9:17 PM
RE: Norma Stewart Kister #33015068
Christie, I haven't found a record that gives Norma's birth place. Other family trees give Hayward, Alameda CA, but they have no sources. Her obituary was published in the The Daily Review (CA) on 3 Mar 2000. Maybe you can get a copy. They don't have obituaries going back that far online.
Added by JackiMex on Dec 20, 2016 9:13 PM
Norma Stewart Kister #33015068
Christie, your Simba looks a lot like our Toby, a rescue cat, aged two when we got him. He is a scaredy cat, but has become very friendly with us.

Thank you for making the memorial for Norma and for adding her gravestone photo. I would like to ask for your permission to use that photo (and any other photo that you take of my relatives) in my family tree on Because the photographer holds a copyright for each photo, I always ask before putting a photo on another web site. I will give your name as the photographer and the web site for the memorial as the source.

Thank you for considering my request,
Jacki in Pittsburgh
Added by JackiMex on Dec 18, 2016 11:36 AM
Mary Lisa Perry
RE: Harmon Alexander Perry
Well grandpa was born in Oklahoma. He has a sister Peal ( Perry)Dye. I loved Aunt Pearl. she was one hell of a women. They also had a brother Ocar Perry. He died way before I even knew who my.Great Aunt was. I don't know here aunt pearl is buried, but Of at I believe was in San Deigo. He was in the baby. Lets. Grandpa was married to my Grandmother I don't know what year they for married but my grandmothers name was MaryJane( Rogers) Perry. I know of my grandma is buried there or not. she died in 1942. My grandpa was 22 when dad was born and Grandma was 17
Added by Mary Lisa Perry on Dec 06, 2016 12:03 AM
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