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Family Finder (#47815677)
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Bio Photo Hello =)

My name is Shayna, I am 27 years old, and I am a San Diego native. I work for the County full time, but spend spare time with my grandparents, husband and pets (6 dogs & 2 cats), looking for graves, dabbling in photography, and squeezing in a social life when I can.

My heritage is mostly German, but I also have a little bit of English and Welsh. Direct names include Oxley, Croft, Love, Shaneyfelt/Shanyfelt, and Mehlkop/Mehlkopf. There are many many names beyond that.

I am fascinated by many aspects of death -- not in a weird morbid way, but in improving the death experience (not surrounded by beeping machines in a hospital), seeing alternatives in the local funeral industry (can we get a green burial space in San Diego?), empowering individuals to know what is and isn't law (you don't HAVE to embalm grandma), and encouraging discussion about all of the above. We're all going to die -- why not educate and empower ourselves to be extra specific in our advanced directives? While we're alive and well, let's get it done. And for the sake of future findagrave volunteers, can we all promise to arrange for the engraving of our death date on our marker/plaque/headstone? The number of times I've come across a marker with no death date because the person had no next-of-kin to make sure it was taken care of...

Now for my rants and tidbits...

Photos & Photo Requests
Yes, you may use the photo(s) I took.

Please, please do not use your shoe-clad foot to clear grass/debris from a marker, if you're able to avoid it. That marker is a representation of the person who rests there, and it could be the last earthly representation of them. Let's cherish the markers and keep them as nice as possible (when the cemetery mowers aren't driving across them...)

If you are a photo volunteer actively claiming requests, you click "OK" and agree to fulfill that request within 14 days of the day you claim it. If you can't do that, or don't want to do that, then don't claim photo requests. There are plenty of photo volunteers in the San Diego area that are willing to go out and get photos in a decent amount of time. I don't even know that "rude" really covers my feelings on the matter, but it is unacceptable to flip-flop someone's request around for over a month, leaving someone waiting, because you choose to disregard the 14-day timeframe set forth by findagrave.
Additionally, if photo requests are slowly coming through and a volunteer has Edward Smith claimed (for example), use common sense and give the same volunteer the opportunity to claim the accompanying Clara Smith -- chances are they're right next to each other and it makes no sense not only for two volunteers to trek out to the same place, but for two volunteers to inquire with the office about the same location. Findagrave photo volunteers know we aren't the cemetery workers' favorite clientele, so let's try to just keep everyone happy -- cemetery workers, other volunteers, the people requesting the photo(s)... okay?

Transferring Management
Yes, I understand findagrave has set rules about whether or not one is "worthy" of requesting management, but as far as the memorials I manage, I'm typically more than happy to transfer management even if they're a distant relative, next door neighbor, 12th cousin once removed.. whatever. I'm not the "keeper of memorials" -- that's not my purpose for having added them in the first place.

Contacting Me
If you have additional information or would like to edit information on a memorial I manage, please use the "Suggest a Correction" function. Otherwise, you're welcome to leave a message on my contributor page or e-mail me --

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Michelle Claire Best Willie
Find A Grave Memorial# 127794624 Harriet Lucielle Paularena Peckenpaugh
Thank you for photographing our family member Find A Grave Memorial# 127794624 Harriet Lucielle Paularena Peckenpaugh.
Added by Michelle Claire Best Will... on Jul 23, 2014 6:28 AM
John Donne
Cearns Family Plot, San Diego
Thank you, dear lady, for taking and posting the wonderful picture. God bless, JD
Added by John Donne on Jul 22, 2014 9:28 PM
photo of headstone for the Fultz Family
Family Finder,
Thanks for your time and effort to post photos of the headstones for the Fultz Family.
Added by RNHaynes on Jul 21, 2014 1:16 PM
Jere Flores
Find A Grave
Thanks so much for getting the photo of Paula Mapps' grave. I'll sponsor the site. Thanks, Jere
Added by Jere Flores on Jul 21, 2014 12:26 PM
Catherine Wathen
Laura Deer photo request
Thank you so very much for the photo! I also appreciate the overall nearby photo. I had been tracing the Brose family in Pittsburgh but Laura L Brose Deer had been missing. Now finding her in San Diego has answered 1 question and of course created many more!
Added by Catherine Wathen on Jul 21, 2014 10:05 AM
Nancy Stout
Margaret Bartholomew
Thanks so much for taking and posting the beautiful photos of Margaret's headstone. I'm also thankful you added a memorial for her husband, Henry. I appreciate your efforts!
Added by Nancy Stout on Jul 21, 2014 8:36 AM
Linda Claxton
George Harbaugh
Top notch! Thank-you!
Added by Linda Claxton on Jul 21, 2014 1:21 AM
Richard and Eletia L. Brock
Thank you for the great photos!
Added by Marla on Jul 15, 2014 4:16 PM
David C Maness
Thank you so much for finding and posting a picture of my mother and fathers crypt. The pictures are fantastic and I will cherish them forever.

Always grateful,
Larry Maness
Added by Larry on Jul 14, 2014 10:23 AM
Elisha Jones
May Albright
Thank you so much for the picture!
Added by Elisha Jones on Jul 13, 2014 9:17 PM
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