I live in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and have family ties to Fountain, Warren, and Clinton counties, as well as Tippecanoe. I have been researching family trees on my husband's and my side of the family for about 12 years now. Between the two of us our family stretches from east to west and north to south. If anyone finds an error in anything I have added, please let me know & I will correct it. If I have added a relative of yours & you would like a transfer, please let me know. Although I reserve the right to transfer only within Findagrave guidelines, I will generally transfer to anyone interested in maintaining the memorial by adding information and family links I am more prone to out-of-guideline transfers when I see that a contributor is active and has added more memorials than they manage. I am more than willing to make any corrections, additions, family links, etc. Most will be done within a day or two of being received. If you send a change and I haven't done it within two weeks, please send it again. I may have missed it going to SPAM.The main families I am currently researching include Bearden, Kerr, Ghere/Gher, Redman, Martin, Loveless, Trackwell, Whittaker/Whitaker, Fenters/Fentress, Livengood, Walker, Rush, Leeper, Oland, Starkey and other related lines.If you have any corrections, additions, changes, or transfer requests, PLEASE use the edit tab on the memorial page. **************************************************
Please be patient with edits you send to me. My dear mother just passed away 2 days ago and is to be buried out of state. I will be gone for several days and then have plenty of work to do clearing out her home here and in Florida. Thank you for your understanding.(posted 11/28/2016)
Update: The year 2016 was a devastating one for me. I lost a dear brother-in-law in March.
Then in early August my 10 year old granddaughter, who my husband and I helped raise after her mother died when she was just 4 months old, found out that her art teacher of four years, whom she adored and had a special relationship with, was murdered in her own front yard by someone who was on drugs. That was devastating for the entire town. My granddaughter insisted on going to the funeral home to see her teacher's children, who she knew, and let them know how much she loved & admired their mother. Her children ended up sitting down with my granddaughter and comforting her. We stood in line for two hours to get up to the front just before the service and when we left the line was out the door of the funeral home. In all my 69 years I have never seen a larger funeral visitation. I think that was the day my little girl became a young lady - wise beyond her years.
No child should ever be a part of that experience. It was difficult for me to see this change in her at such a young age.
Then in late August, I lost my best friend of 54 years. We had been friends since our freshman year of high school and stayed in touch all those years. I saw her 3-4 times each week for several years and talked on the phone almost every day. She left my house one evening about 8 o'clock feeling well and was found the next day when she did not show up for work. She was never a no call - no show person. Someone from her work went to her home when she could not be reached on the phone and found her deceased on her sofa. It appeared that she was getting ready for work and had a massive heart attack. She was my friend, my confidant, and part of my soul. There's seldom a day that goes by without me thinking of her and missing her. I loved her like a sister. I am very grateful to have had her a part of my life for so many years. Many people leave this world without ever having had someone like her in their life.
Then in mid October my granddaughter experienced another great loss in her life. Four sisters who were in her Competition Cheer group died in a house fire. One of the girls was on her squad. Many of the team members met outside the burned home of the girls and participated in a candlelight vigil and memorial service for the girls. The fire marshal later determined that the fire was a result of arson inside the home. It is still under investigation to find who killed these children.
In late October my dear sister-in-law passed away unexpectedly. She had been like a mother, sister and friend to me all rolled into one person. I have many fond memories of her. It was through her daughter, who was my age and in the same grade and was a good friend, that I met her uncle and later married. He was only 2 years older than me. Although we later divorced, I always remained friends with my sister-in-law and her daughter.
In early November a dear cousin passed away. He was a good hard-working man and a faithful loving husband and a compassionate father with a fantastic sense of humor. When he was around, he always had everyone laughing. I will miss him greatly!
Then in late November, I lost my dear mother. I thought my heart was broken in two and would never mend. She went so unexpectedly and we never had a chance to say good-bye or tell her how much we loved her. She went into a coma for four days and died. To this day we don't now what happened or why. She did not want an autopsy done, so we are left with never knowing why or what happened. It was because of her that I got into genealogy researching her family. She provided so many pictures, stories, newspaper article, marriage and birth announcements, and other memorabilia to add to the family tree. She was so excited when I would share a new find with her. When you lose your mother, it's like losing a part of yourself, a part of who you are. It's the hardest thing I have had to go through. Before that the hardest thing for me was standing at the foot of the hospital bed our daughter-in-law was in and watching her die hours after all the life-saving machines were turned off. She had only 2% brain capacity and would never come out of a coma. That was ten years ago and it still haunts me every year on her birthday. I'm sure in time my grieving will lessen and I will get back to normal - whatever that is....So please be patient with me for a while if I don't respond as quickly as I used to.
Please take the time to tell everyone you care about how much you love them and how important they are to you. You never know when they will be gone forever.