I have only recently discovered how fascinating family histories can be, and I've taken it upon myself to become the historian for my family.
Ironically, I've never been good at history, as I've never fully understood time. I can't fathom the concept of "200 years ago" having only lived 39 years myself. (And I was much worse about it in school when I hadn't even been alive for two decades!)
Tracing my family members' lives through the past helps me understand the passage of time, and history itself, better.
I turned to Find a Grave after coming up with dead ends at Ancestry.com and I'm very excited to have found it. With all my ancestors' graves hundreds of miles away, I feel like I can finally pay my respects to them here, by creating memorials and requesting photos of their sites.
And in turn, I am happy to pay back this community by taking photos near my home on the border of North and South Carolina, just south of Charlotte.
The first memorial I created here, and the one that holds my heart the most, is that of my sister. We lost her to leukemia when she was just twelve years old.
Page is my inspiration. I have cycled several thousand miles, including two Century rides in Lake Tahoe, to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Page's memory. I encourage you to visit her memorial if you have a moment:
Dear Cat, I was doing a search and your sister's memorial randomly came up. Although her death was more than 30-years ago (she would have been the same age as me) reading her touching bio you created broke my heart, however at the same time made me happy she left such an indelible impression on your life. I am sure she would be proud of you & your husband for devoting a great part of your time to finding a cure for this terrible disease which cheated Page of her life. You have a beautiful heart for all you are doing. Thank you and God Bless you.
William Ashton Bowser I believe this man was my grandmother's brother. My great grandparents were Florence W and Harry Bowser. My grandmother was their daughter Sarah, for whom I am named. William is the one sibling of hers that I know very little about so I'm happy to see something here. Florence, her daughters Sarah and Harryette, and son Robert are buried in Tulsa, OK. I visit their graves yearly at the very least. I hope you leave a note again when you see this!
Dear Cat, Just to let you know Page is on the In Honor Of list today and your bio and tribute to her is so wonderful. I hope a ton of us honor her memory today, and let you know what a loving sister you are and were!! Blessings to you and your family, glenda
Thank you for the sentiments you left on my father's memorial. As a teacher, he had a great effect on people, but his greatest teaching was done by example. He showed how to live and how to die with grace. I appreciate your visit. Thank you.
RE: Thank you You're very welcome. Your beautiful memorial to her made me cry. My father died of multiple myeloma, another form of blood cancer. You inspired me to expand his private obituary and post it on his memorial. When that is done, I will add him to the stroll. Your memorial to your lost sister has shaped my day, too.
Welcome Welcome to Find a Grave, Cat. This is a great site. I'm addicted, as are a lot of people! In case you don't know, you can click on any token you see and click on "add to my scrapbook". I added about 5,000 general tokens to memorials before I figured that out. Now I have about 700 in my scrapbook! I'm a little slow! Have a good time here. Rosie