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Christine Schmitz (#47520549)
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Bio Photo For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated with pioneer cemeteries. That fascination as a young child turned to reverence as I began to see in these old stones something more than just names. Each stone, whether marble or wood, weathered or polished, the names clear or undecipherable, symbolize the life and legacy of the person buried beneath it. Each person was important in his or her own right, and their passing signified a life-changing event for those loved ones who gathered with swollen and tear-filled eyes around the grave to say one last goodbye. Yet not all was lost with the passing of these individuals for, more often than not, they left behind direct descendants to not only continue the family blood line, but to carry on the memory of those who were lost but not easily forgotten.

When my father passed away in 2010, I found comfort in these old cemeteries once again. No longer was it just the pioneer cemeteries that brought me comfort but the newer ones as well. Walking through a cemetery reminds you that this is the circle of are born, they live their lives and during that time hopefully find and give love and compassion to others, then they pass away. Cemeteries are not a thing to be feared or thought of with sadness. Rather, they are to be valued and protected for they hold the souls of those we love so deeply. It is our responsibility to protect the memories of these individuals, whether they passed away yesterday or more than a hundred years ago.

**I will be happy to transfer management of any memorial I've created if you are related to the individual and I am not. Please use the Edit button on the individual's memorial to request corrections or transfer of management. If requesting a transfer, please state your relationship to the individual.**
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Byron G. Smith, Ione Cemetery, #72023042
Hi! I know the marker was difficult to read, but I do have one small correction: Byron's middle initial was C, for Charles. (He was my stepfather once.) Just an FYI. Thanks.
Added by Rae on Aug 22, 2015 6:19 PM
Aurelia G Fierro
Thank you very much for transferring the memorial for my Aunt. She has been re-united with her parents and siblings.

Added by zeni on Mar 25, 2013 11:18 PM
Marcus Whitt
Alena Lynn Wright Memorial
Thank you so much for the photo addition to her memorial. I just linked her father to the memorial.

Thank you so very much,
Marcus Lynn Whitt
Added by Marcus Whitt on Feb 10, 2013 6:27 PM
Thank you so much for the transfer of family,
and your great outlook.
jeff :)
Added by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2012 3:29 AM
Marcus Whitt
Dierks Family:

I have added a few more names to the Smith Mountain Cemetery, members of the Dierks Family. My Great grandfather by marriage was Walter Wesley Dierks. I have linked Cordy and Walter with their parents, Herman and Caroline Dierks. Could you link Harvey to this family also? I used to live in the Cutler area, moved East in 1967.

Added by Marcus Whitt on Apr 11, 2012 12:31 PM
Jeff Blythe
RE: Hallie Blythe Shelton
Thanks for the changes. Yes, Hallie and Guy Shelton are relatives, a transfer would be appreciated!
Added by Jeff Blythe on Mar 27, 2012 6:48 AM
Carol Davis-Ulmer
Thomas & Virginia Harland - Smith Mountain Cemetery

Thank you so much for the transfer I have all ready added some information, and Aunt Mary should be able to give me more.

Carol Davis-Ulmer
Added by Carol Davis-Ulmer on Dec 06, 2011 10:02 AM
Just read it. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. :)
Added by CZNBJL on Nov 11, 2011 11:02 AM
Hershall Spink
Thank you, Christine! :)
Added by CZNBJL on Nov 07, 2011 6:36 PM
Stanley Hibdon-Nichols
RE: Joel Baxter
Yes I would like the transfer and thank you. Stan
Added by Stanley Hibdon-Nichols on Sep 14, 2011 1:38 PM
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