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Michelle McKenzie (#47086929)
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Bio Photo I've been researching my family since 1992 and have created several websites for various branches. I enjoy visiting area cemeteries and usually take some extra photos in the hope of helping others.

If you're interested in who my ancestors are, you can look under my virtual cemetery for the link to "My Ancestors". These are my direct line ancestors only, but will give a good feel for the surnames I'm researching and why.

Please feel free to use my photos for your personal, non-commercial use. I appreciate being given credit.
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RE: Dean Luce
Hi Michelle,
I did find the people who have the Camano Lutheran Cemetery records. I spoke with Allen Gilbertson who has a database of every record he has collected since 1972 - and a list of everyone his little group has documented in the cemetery with or without headstones. No Luce's at all. However, he shared an interesting fact that he has discovered while doing this. He said the plots were sold in groups of 8 for $15 when the Cemetery was first opened. Usually Grandma and Grandpa bought the 8, and used the first 2, leaving the other 6 for family members to use. If one of their daughters married a Luce and had baby Dean, it is very possible she is buried with her grandparents, but no headstone was ever put on her plot because her parents could not afford it. I am assuming you know Dean's parents and more important, her mother's parents? Allen would be more than happy to check that last name for you. Then I could photograph the grandparents headstones. Another interesting fact, there is an entire section of the cemetery that has no markers at all - it was used for the poor. Allen also mentioned that when he took over, there was one wooden marker that was unreadable and is now longer there. The oldest stone marker that is readable is 1922, but there are other stone markers that are now longer legible. I did ask if the county would have any records, like deeds to the plots, but he said he checked and they do not. He has been issuing deeds since he took over and has been collecting copies of sales receipts from family members as they call to ask if there is still room in the family plot. If you prefer to call him yourself, let me know, I'll send you his number in a private message.
By the way, the tips I just mentioned from Allen were all new to me, so this has been a learning experience that I have enjoyed.
Gerri Gardiner Gilpin
Camano Island, WA
Added by Gerri-G on Nov 07, 2015 7:47 AM
P. Oliver
RE: Richard Lee Pearson
You are most welcome.
Added by P. Oliver on Nov 02, 2015 6:36 AM
Dean Luce
Hi Michelle,
My husband & I hiked all over the Camano Lutheran Cemetery (it is about 1 mile south of the Camano Pioneer Cemetery). It is much larger than the Pioneer Cemetery and has headstones for the early 1900s, but did not have a headstone for Dean, or any Luce. There are several graves without headstones, including one for a child that is marked off with stones and small angel statues, but no names. Someone has been adding flowers, so it may not be that old. The church was having an event for the children today, so I was not able to ask them questions, but will call them Monday to see if they have any records.

Gerri G
Camano Island, WA
Added by Gerri-G on Oct 31, 2015 5:47 PM
Dean Luce
Hi Michelle, My husband & I went to Camano Pioneer Cemetery this am in search of a headstone for Dean, but we could not find one. There are very few headstones or grave markers left at this cemetery. I did find an entry in U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 at which indicates she was buried at Camano Cemetery, but not specifically the Pioneer Cemetery. The records indicated that they were members of the Burlington Lutheran church, but that may be where the Minister resided, so I Will go to the Lutheran Church Cemetery here on the Island on my next day off (Thurs) and let you know what I find.

Camano Island, WA
Added by Gerri-G on Oct 25, 2015 5:37 PM
Riverview Cemetery MacMillans
While I was taking photos at the MacMillan family plot today, I found two that were not listed yet in the cemetery - Esther (who appears to be the second wife of James) and Horace M. I created memorials for them and added the pictures. If you want to take over management of them, just let me know.
Added by SandraS on Oct 19, 2015 5:02 PM
mary (mcmillan)cendroski
RE: McMillans
thanks so much Michelle, I am definitely interested in Mcmillan history..thanks so much for letting me know...I am on facebook as mary McMillan cendroski..thanks again
Added by mary (mcmillan)cendroski on Oct 17, 2015 11:09 AM
Mary Page
RE: Thank you
You are quite welcome. mary
Added by Mary Page on Oct 06, 2015 5:05 PM
Caroline Harsen Creal
Yes, I will delete the memorial I created but I would ask that you post the biographical information that I posted to memorial I created. Thanks! I appreciate all of your work!
Added by j.lynn on Oct 05, 2015 7:13 PM
Richard Stephen
RE: Thank you!
You're welcome.
Added by Richard Stephen on Oct 05, 2015 12:55 PM
Diane Hoddevik
RE: Thank you
Michelle: I am happy to share the picture with you.Thank you for responding.
Added by Diane Hoddevik on Sep 28, 2015 8:02 PM
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