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LaDon Brennan (#46902635)
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Bio Photo "Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many."

I grew up in central Missouri where my ancestors settled, most from KY; I often return and photograph country cemeteries and haunt the library reference departments. Looking for gravestones for my Wells, Lane/Lain, Hazlewood/Hazelwood, Bellamy/Bellomy, Thoroughman/Thurman, Stayton, Pullen/Pullin/Pulliam, Gregg/Gragg, Rigg, Page families; others include Dunning, Gant, Payne, Settles/Suttle(s), Sudduth, Stoneking, Stewart, Shelten, Stoll.

A goal is to ensure there are memorials for all known burials in the "country" cemeteries in the Bates/Cass/Henry counties where my ancestors lived and are interred, and am photo indexing as many as I can - some are in woeful condition. Too many are now in cow pastures, vandalized or stones used in barn foundations. May those with so little respect for our ancestors be haunted by their ghosts.

Corrections, updates and link requests are welcomed so "our" memorials are informative and accurate -- please send maiden names if you know them. Every person has a story - hopefully memorial managers who prefer not to update or correct their memorials will transfer them to the requesting family member/friend to maintain and add the story -- or there will be a software update that allows third parties to contribute to memorials. Thanks to all the administrators who make the site available and user-friendly, and to the many great volunteers who make "finding Grandma" possible. Special thanks to photo volunteers who spend hours searching for lost grave markers, sometimes in overgrown, tick and snake infested, unkept, unmarked cemeteries.

You are welcome to use information or grave marker photos I have entered. If you do a copy/paste of a memorial with a bio, please credit Find-a-Grave and the contributor;-- a LOT of time and research has gone into many of these memorials. Please do not copy/post my "people" photographs.

Please make your edit/transfer requests from the "edit" link of the memorial and not from the profile page which I don't view often. I generally don't transfer memorials with researched bios, nor do I transfer to requesters who are rude/demanding, have no profile, have two or more times memorials managed as entered, (some contributors claim an astonishing number of "grandparents") or who are collectors -- but I'll always update and link memorials within a day or two if not traveling. While I don't acknowledge edits, I do appreciate receiving them and thank you for taking the time to improve the memorial.

In his profile, contributor Jeff G #47276975, expressed my own feelings about our responsibility to this Site and the memorials we manage, and he has kindly given me permission to share his comments, below:

"We don't "own" the memorials we manage - they are not ours. We may create them, we may update them, we may transfer them to others - we are but stewards. They are Find A Grave memorials of human beings, departed.

They are not "friends" on a social media network website to be collected like baseball trading cards. And there's no prize for the one who dies with the most.

The reward comes from maintaining the most accurate and dignified memorials we can. What we record becomes history, and a record in my or someone else's family tree. We have a responsibility to do a good job of it. It's a privilege and honor."

There are so many orphan memorials on the site, names entered and forgotten. Please, if you enter a memorial, have the common courtesy to add edits submitted by people who care.

Note - accidents and nerve damage to left arm and hand, combined with worsening of my Essential Tremor, preclude my ability to hold a camera, has resulted in numerous typos; please call them to my attention (If adding info from census records, I use spelling as shown - those aren't typos.) Since I can no longer hold a camera, I've had to give up my passion to photograph lost cemeteries. Am using that time to enhance and link memorials.

Happy graving - and remember to thank our Veterans and Active Service men and women.
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Linda Emery
Francis Clifford Wells (33540028)
Just found this obit.....

Linda Emery
Added by Linda Emery on May 28, 2015 2:11 PM
Soul Seekers
Chester Moore
I added the obit for Chester Moore. Thank you for the added little bit of information. It was very interesting.
Added by Soul Seekers on May 28, 2015 1:25 PM
Sandra Hicks Sites
RE: Bill Shaddox
LaDon, as far as we know..Bill was not in the service.

Thank you for all the work you have done for the Grant Cemetery!
Added by Sandra Hicks Sites on May 28, 2015 9:09 AM
Farm Girl from MO.
RE: Rosena Davison
Yes, I was hoping there was a marker, even if only a small metal funeral home maker, that could be found at Gibbs Union but her cremains may not be there after all. Her husband, Barton, has a metal marker in the cemetery and while I was there I took a better photo of it and added it to his memorial. I have removed Rosena's memorial from Gibbs Union since I am not sure that is where her ashes are located. Maybe at a later date the family will have a stone put up for both Rosena & Barton. We have had a very wet spring so they may be waiting for dryer weather to do so. More later, Farm Girl from MO.
Added by Farm Girl from MO. on May 27, 2015 9:50 AM
David Sharp
Edgar Ancell
Deleted mine as yours was older, He was not a relative. Thanks Dave
Added by David Sharp on May 26, 2015 11:29 PM
Vickie BYRUM Schley
RE: John Houk obit
Find A Grave is one of the best. Can find a lot of good information. Thanks Vickie
Added by Vickie BYRUM Schley on May 25, 2015 8:24 PM
Gerry Stanley
RE: Daisey Shively/Kent
I think the name shown should be the last one that the person had, in this case Shively. Because her memorial shows links to both husbands and the picture places her with Wood Kent and because her maiden name is shown I would think anyone looking for her could find her. Anyway, she's not a relative. I just like to work with those buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery. I think we've got her pretty well defined so you don't need to transfer but I would take her if you wish. I love a good mystery and this was a good one. She's shown on the 1930 census living with Wood Kent and M B Locke. It says M B is Wood's mother-in-law but she's really his grandmother-in-law. She died in 1932 as is said to be buried in Oak Grove. Haven't found her but did find her husband, John W. Locke. Anyway, there's still more to discover. Thanks for writing back and good luck with all your searches.
Added by Gerry Stanley on May 24, 2015 4:31 AM
Nancy Thompson
RE: Lionel Durham
I am very glad to add this photo to his memorial. Regards, Nancy
Added by Nancy Thompson on May 23, 2015 6:33 PM
Fred Bradley
RE: Englewood
You're very welcome, LaDon. I know you'll always appreciate the effort.
Added by Fred Bradley on May 23, 2015 8:56 AM
Englewood Cemetery
Hi LaDon, do you want those memorials that Mr. Spangler would not update? I have done all I can, if you wish to have them let me know, please. Thank you for all you have done and doing ! I do appreciate it all very much !
Judy Harrison-Foster
Added by JHarrison on May 19, 2015 4:29 PM
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