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Melissa Margaret Abernathy (#46940965)
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Bio Photo It is strange that the Mind will forget so much, and yet hold a picture of flowers that have been dead for thirty years and more.

I remember the flowers that were on our window-sill while my mother was talking that morning, and I can see the water dripping from a crack in the red pot on the end, for Bronwen was standing there, with her face in deep, dull gold from the sun on the drawn blind.

Thirty years ago, but as fresh, and as near as Now.

No bitterness is in me, to think of my time like this. Huw Morgan, I am, and happy inside myself, but sorry for what is outside, for there I have failed to leave my mark, though not alone, indeed.

An age of goodness I knew, and badness too, mind, but more of good than bad, I will swear. At least we knew good food, and good work, and goodness in men and women.

But you have gone now, all of you, that were so beautiful when you were quick with life. Yet not gone, for you are still a living truth inside my mind. So how are you dead, my brothers and sisters, and all of you, when you live with me as surely as I live myself?

Shall we say that good Dr. Johnson is dead, when his dear friend Mr. Boswell brings him to thunder and thump before your very eyes? Is Socrates dead, then, when I hear the gold of his voice?

Are my friends all dead, then, and their voices a glory in my ears? No, and I will stand to say no, and no, again. In blood, I say no.

Is Ceinwen dead, then, and her beauty dear beside me again, and her eyes with jewels for me, and my arms hurting with the grip of her fingers?

Is Bronwen dead, who showed me the truth of the love of a woman? Is she dead, who proved to me that the strength of woman is stronger than the strength of fists, and muscles, and the male shoutings of men?

Did my father die under the coal? But, God in heaven, he is down there now, dancing in the street with Davy's red jersey over his coat, and coming, in a moment, to smoke his pipe in the front room and pat my mother's hand, and look, and O, the heat of his pride, at the picture of a Queen, given by the hand of a Queen, in the Palace of a Queen, to his eldest son, whose baton lifted voices in music fit for a Queen to hear.

Is Mr. Gruffydd dead, him, that one of rock and flame, who was friend and mentor, who gave me his watch that was all in the world he had, because he loved me? Is he dead, and the tears still wet on my face and my voice still cutting through rocks in my throat for minutes while I tried to say good-bye, and, O God, the words were shy to come, and I went from him wordless, in tears and with blood.

Is he dead? For if he is, then I am dead, and we are dead, and all of sense a mockery. How green was my Valley, then, and the Valley of them that have gone.

Richard Llewellyn
How Green Was My Valley
1939

And that's the best reason I can provide for all that I do, genealogy wise. If you're looking for families, be sure to check out my virtual cemeteries, set up in groups according to my great-grandparents: Hatton Moore & Edna Hanna, Benjamin Clay & Josie Rawlins, Carl Hubert & Mildred Wells, and Isam Judd & Dena MacMullen. I have also started cemeteries for my husband's family.
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Messages left for Melissa Margare... (37)[Leave Message]
elnora johnson
RE: Mount Auburn Cemetery
Sorry that I didn't get back to hope you have luck in fining my grandfather new born August 1, 1896
Death 1956 hope this help.
Name Fred jones Not fredrick
Added by elnora johnson on Nov 08, 2013 5:37 AM
elnora johnson
RE: Mount Auburn Cemetery
Sorry that I didn't get back to hope you have luck in fining my grandfather new born August 1, 1896
Death 1956 hope this help
Added by elnora johnson on Nov 08, 2013 5:28 AM
vonda lear
margaret sloan clay
hello there melissa, yes margaret is my great great grandmother. i am still very new at this geneaology stuff, and i am enjoying so much finding out information on different ones in the family. my grandmother never talked to us at all about any of her family. thanks so much for leaving me a message.
Added by vonda lear on Nov 07, 2012 10:19 PM
Donna Willison Head
RE: Chocky Randall
thanks so very much :-)
Added by Donna Willison Head on Aug 15, 2012 9:07 PM
Donna Willison Head
RE: Chocky Randall
Yes, please give her my phone number 580-743-3381. I thought that was her and the girls but I haven't seen her in many years. I love her mother so much and would love to talk to her also. I have lost all phone numbers, etc but I do have Marty Wayne's. I stay in touch with him probably more than anybody. I am sorry but I don't remember meeting you. I am going to post pictures of the headstones on all my family sites within the next few weeks to Find A Grave. Got them all on Ancestry.com. The only one that I need to get is my Aunt Nancy in TX. Thanks for everything. :-)
Added by Donna Willison Head on Aug 15, 2012 3:44 PM
Donna Willison Head
Chocky Randall
I am the half sister of Chocky Randall and I also do family genealogy. May I ask who the girls are in the picture that is posted please? I haven't seen that side of the family since my broher died. Thank You
Donna Willison Head
580-743-3381
Added by Donna Willison Head on Aug 15, 2012 1:15 AM
Couple of Gravers
Obit for Mary Melrose Hanna
Hi Melissa,

Another Find A Grave member sent me a copy of Mary Melrose Hanna's obit, as well as the accompanying photo (poor to fair quality, from early 20th century printing technology). The transcribed obit has been posted to her memorial page. Your photo of her with her children is actually of much better quality.

The other member prefers to remain annonymous, but does great works behind the scenes. I just thought I'd let you know. She also scanned the actual obituary if you would like a copy of that.

Chuck
Added by Couple of Gravers on Aug 02, 2012 10:44 AM
Couple of Gravers
RE: Mary Melrose Hanna (68374007)
Hi Melissa,

You are very welcome. I try to update pages as soon as possible. Thank you for the information.

My back is coming along slowly, but I was able to go to Elmwood Cemetery this morning and take a few photos. My first since the surgery.

Chuck
Added by Couple of Gravers on May 04, 2012 7:23 PM
Sarah Murdock
Ann Jarrett
Corrections made to memorial. If I can, I will try to get a better picture of her grave. There is so much sandy dirt in this cemetery, it is sometimes hard to get it off the marker.
Added by Sarah Murdock on Nov 10, 2011 4:58 PM
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Patrica Alvarado
As requested Ms. Alvarado has been transferred to you. I am always glad to transfer someone's loved one. God Bless... Donna
Added by Cemetery Cop on Nov 04, 2011 9:01 PM
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