Just a lady helping others with whatever I can do from home, due to my current health issues. I love helping to make Find A Grave a pleasant and helpful experience. I've been a member since July 3, 2011, but really got into things more, after I retired. I have lived in Colorado my entire life. I love researching my family tree for my family (Meade-Brehm, Fitzgerald…), and the family of my boyfriend of nearly 25 years (Johnson), friends and sometimes even total strangers, if they need a helping hand.
Please feel free to visit my virtual cemeteries. They will show you members of the family who are close to either myself, or my boyfriend, even my cat I had for 17 years is there too. Other virtual cemeteries have many different types of memorials in them. I have added a description explaining what type of memorials are in them. There is even one for some famous animals, like Lassie, Toto and even Smokey the Bear.
This type of volunteer work is extremely rewarding, and makes me feel like I am providing a great service to others. Some people may not have the time or patience to dig as deeply into a search, which I have learned needs to be done on most occasions. I not only research my own family, but am willing to assist other memorial managers, and request photos or perform research when needed. I do this because it is what I enjoy, and is my way of paying tribute to not only people I know, but also those whose memorials that may just need and deserve a little TLC.
My two major achievements to date has been reuniting a set of 1 year old deceased twins, born in 1850. They are buried in Oakland Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia and their parents were in the military. The parents moved on to other places after their kids were buried, and were eventually laid to rest in Michigan. I also found that the twins had a younger brother and a sister, and I have connected them here on Find-A-Grave. You can read more about Henry and Ann Elizabeth Booker by following the link in my virtual Oakland Cemetery.
The other one would be a young soldier who was killed in Vietnam during the war, in a helicopter crash. I am a big NASCAR fan, and they honor Veterans every weekend they race. However, they have a special tribute they do on Memorial Day weekend. Each race car on the track and many of the track vehicles honor a fallen soldier. The cars bear the name of that person, and their family members are invited by NASCAR and/or the teams, to be their guest at the track for this tribute, often sitting on the team pit box. I watched practice and qualifying to get the names of each one being honored, and made a Virtual Cemetery album honoring them. A couple of them were missing gravesite photos, so I put in requests to ask a volunteer photographer to go out and take a photo and add it to their memorial.
John Patrick Bartone, was one of those missing a photo and the photographer went above and beyond his duty when he found that Bartone was NOT buried in the cemetery in Hampton, Virginia that the Find-A-Grave memorial indicated. He decided he wanted to find this young man, so he kept going to various cemeteries in Hampton until he found him at Parklawn and took photos. The US Veteran's Affairs managed the memorial, so I knew I had my work cut out for me trying to get the cemetery changed to the proper location. After edit requests and emails, the cemetery was finally changed in mid-September. Thanks go out to the photographer, and Find-A-Grave for their parts in helping me get this young man listed in the proper cemetery.
If you need me to make modifications to a memorial or want me to transfer a memorial that I manage to you, please let me know. As long as they are not a family member, I will be happy to transfer outside the Find-A-Grave "guidelines". Please feel free to send me a message if you just have a question, or make your request via the edit and suggest edit options. I check my email and come here daily, so I should be able to get back to you within 24 hours.
Thank you and enjoy your time at Find-A-Grave.
*courthousedeb on both Find-A-Grave and Ancestry
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