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Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey (#47784539)
 member for 2 years, 11 months, 8 days
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Bio Photo Long-time instructor of writing and women's studies at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. I am an addictive reader, am interested in geneaology, folk music and sacred harp, and am an Anglican, guitar player, singer, guardian of two rescue dogs and mother of a beautiful adult son.

I enjoy walking in cemeteries and have made it a personal project to photograph and record the headstones of military personnel in addition to requests in local cemeteries, in honor of their service and the service of my father, stepfather, and uncles in World War II and Korea, friends from Viet Nam, and students from the Gulf Wars and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. If any of these service persons or others I have added are family members and/or you wish to manage their memorials, just let me know. I am happy to transfer.

Anyone who wants to use my photos in their family tree, on Findagrave, or any other site may do so without my permission.

I am primarily a volunteer photographer and often am unrelated to the people whose memorials I make, so I am happy to transfer. I am doing this work to honor what would otherwise be lost lives, to make visible what has been forgotten.

I would very much appreciate tributes of love to the memorial of a baby whose heartbreaking obituary I found in a newspaper from 1923:

Baby John Doe: 136921616

Heartfelt thanks to all those who have already added notes--you mean more than I can say

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Mark Wilson
Thank you for making all the updates I've sent the last couple of days. I appreciate your quick response times!
Added by Mark Wilson on Mar 26, 2015 7:56 AM
Leland Bottomley
I noticed you looked for Military marker. I found a Civil War Medal of Honor winner in the Allen Cemetery, Ransom, Illinois, LaSalle Country. Ruben S Smalley 104 Ill Inf. My first Medal of Honor winner.
Added by Leland Bottomley on Mar 23, 2015 7:06 AM
Leland Bottomley
RE: Gunny Gilbert
It was my honor to have taken the Picture. If you have not been to the wall it is next to the Illinois river below Marseilles Dam. The sound of the river gives it a certain tranquilly.
Added by Leland Bottomley on Mar 23, 2015 6:57 AM
A Butterfly
Seth Fairchild, Jr.
Your photo's are so appreciated! Thank you!
Added by A Butterfly on Mar 05, 2015 11:47 PM
William Sorensen
Lavina Marshall
Thank you for providing the location of Lavina'a grave. Had she lived she would have been my Grandmother. She died giving birth to my mothers sister JoAnn Marshall. Shortly thereafter my Mother and her siblings (and there were several) were parceled out to my Grandfathers Siblings. His name was George Marshall. My Mother was raised by one of his Sisters in Ann Arbor, MI.
Added by William Sorensen on Feb 28, 2015 10:39 AM
Carrie Weiss
Nanette Mainwold
Thank you for the photo, Cynthia !
Added by Carrie Weiss on Feb 25, 2015 7:02 AM
Lori Terwilliger
Thank you so much for making a memorial for Alyce.
Added by Lori Terwilliger on Feb 24, 2015 8:50 AM
Thanks so much for the transfer! I appreciate your kindness.
Added by Rosalie on Feb 24, 2015 6:05 AM
Sgt. Edwin Simpson
You are welcome and thank you for the nice compliment.
Added by LKat on Feb 06, 2015 5:07 PM
William Ward update
Thanks so much!
Added by Colyn on Feb 05, 2015 1:14 PM
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