May 27, 2021 - I just learned that fellow Graver Steve Johnson passed away late last year. Please visit his memorial and honor him by leaving a token: Steve Johnson
Born and raised in Summerville Georgia, maiden name Padgett, I married and moved to Rome in 2006. In 2012 we bought a house in my hometown, a mile from my parents. My husband and I have two furbabies, Fancy and Vinnie, and one furangel, Socks, who belonged to my aunt before she passed away. I am a homemaker now, "medically retired" from the workforce due to Fibromyalgia and a few other problems.
I always loved looking at old tombstones, and that developed into a general love of cemeteries.
I believe everyone deserves to be remembered, and I get especially sad seeing memorials that have no flowers. Those are the people I search out, so I can let them know that they aren't forgotten.
Thanks to everyone who leaves a remembrance on my memorials. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated.
Please also visit the pages I have sponsored, to let the family and friends know that their loved ones are remembered and honored.
On May 11, 2017, my sister and I lost our mama after a brief battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. Thank you to anyone who stops by and leaves a token for her. Her memorial ID is 179380966
On June 26, 2017 I became a mom again, someone put a kitten out in the wee hours and of course, I took her in. Her name is Mysti and she is adorable.
October 30, 2016
It's starting to seem like it's always October when I add things here! ~grin~ I am currently searching out memorials of murder victims, and leaving tokens for them, again, usually with no message. If I have left a token on your loved one's memorial, please know one thing: I am not doing this quickly or aimlessly. I am looking up each person's name, reading their story if I can find it, and saying a prayer for you, the families they left behind. If my token offends you, please send me a message and I will remove it. All tokens I leave are done with the utmost respect.
Oct. 20, 2012: Thank you to everyone who has left positive messages for me about leaving tokens for people I don't know. I'm the kind of person who cries over obviously forgotten graves, I can't afford to place flowers on the real graves that break my heart, so I try to make up for it by leaving tokens here. I appreciate all the encouragement, and apologize for not answering everyone directly. May God shine blessings down upon you all!
I have had people e-mail me a few times asking me to remove tokens I have left for their loved ones, because they didn't want me to increase my 'count' at their expense. If I've left a flower for someone you loved, please take a moment to read this.
I DO NOT keep count, Find-a-Grave does that. If you think that way, look how long I've been a member, look how many tokens I've left, and do the math. I'm not able to be on here very often but when I do, I try to send a silent message to at least one person that they were acknowledged that day, even if by a stranger.
If I left something, it's because you left something on one of my memorials, and I'm reciprocating; because I know someone who knew your loved one, and am leaving a remembrance; or - in the case of the people who have written to me - I try to leave flowers for people who have none. It hurts my heart to see a grave with no flowers in life, and I hate the thought of someone having a memorial on here but not being remembered any other way.
I usually don't leave a message with tokens, because I don't really know what to say, and because I don't want to sound trite. The saying is "A picture is worth a thousand words" and another, "It's the thought that counts."
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