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Shelly Werts-Hartley (#16287222)
 member for 17 years, 1 month, 26 days
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Bio Photo I happened across this website in 1997 and love visiting here; many of my friends tease me thinking it odd to have such a fascination as this. I have always liked walking thru cemeteries, old and new, looking at stones and reading their stories. It's not a fascination about their death, to me it's more about the person's life and their contribution in this world be it small and perhaps insignificant to us but how huge it was for the ones who knew them. I love to share their stories, their tears and most importantly their memory.

When I found this site it was interesting to read about famous people but now my searches are more about everyday people. I added my father first, his parents and a few friends and check back occasionally to make additions and research memorials to track down and connect family members. With all the new additions to this site I have discovered a great deal recently about my ancestry and am enjoying finding out 'where I came from' ... Additionally I am hoping to offer info to other memorials in the hopes of filling in the blanks for someone else who may be searching their backgrounds.

The direct relation family Graves I search for are Werts; Wertz; Strunks; Mills; Golladay; Murray; Ressler; Rasor; Ruxer; Hartley & Watt.

Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all of my Ancestors are behind me. be still they say. Watch and Listen. You are the result of the Love of thousands.
~Linda Hogan, Native American Writer

Dear Ancestor,

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you laughed and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

~ Author unknown
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Messages left for Shelly Werts-Ha... (22)[Leave Message]
RE: Walker T Hughes
Thank you Shelly. I thought if you were related I could transfer his memorial to you, if you like. I have been trying to photograph the gravestones in the Trissel Cemetery, which is why I had added his memorial. I noticed yours when I was searching for his parents.

So sorry to hear of the loss of a classmate. He was so young.

I appreciate all you do for Find A Grave. Have a great weekend.

Added by Becky on Feb 10, 2017 10:32 AM
RE: Cheryl Speer
I was happy to take the photo for you.
Added by catko on Oct 14, 2015 12:27 PM
Marilyn Traylor Syx
Art Sharp Memorial Transferred
Hi Shelly. I have transferred Art's memorial. I understand your wanting to find the right words and photos for a memorial. Been there, done that! It's just that some of these people that are in a race to have the largest amount of memorials, never take the time to add flowers or a note to their memorials. I find that so impersonal. When I find these, I always add some flowers, I can see by the amount of your memorials, that you are not one of them. You are like me, only adding family and friends, of mine or my children. Nice to share things with you and if there is any problem with my transfer, just let me know. Marilyn
Added by Marilyn Traylor Syx on Jul 31, 2015 3:23 PM
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RE: Art Sharp, Jr. memorial
No I don't want you to delete your memorial for him, at this time, since you knew him and was a friend of his. I didn't know him. My son Brian was a school mate of his wife, Kim and I know his mother and father-in-law, Pat and Paul Lowman, and I grew up with his father, Art, Sr. Whatever you decide, I will do. I will be glad to transfer mine to you, if you like. I always find it sad that when contributors to Find-a-Grave add memorials and don't add notes, photos, or flowers.
Added by Marilyn Traylor Syx on Jul 30, 2015 8:41 AM
Marilyn Traylor Syx
Art Sharp, Jr. memorial
Art Sharp, Jr. memorial is a replica of mine.
Added by Marilyn Traylor Syx on Jul 29, 2015 3:59 PM
RE: Gary Thompson photo request
Thanks, Shelly. If I get a chance to go there again, I will ask someone in the office where he is located. I don't know how soon I will be back that way again, but I will try to fulfill your request as soon as I can.

Thank you for your help,
Added by Becky on Jul 26, 2015 11:33 PM
Gary Thompson photo request
Hi Shelly,

I had gone through the entire cemetery looking for Gary's grave marker and did not find it. Do you happen to know what section of the cemetery he is in? If you can get a location for me, I would be happy to try again when I go out there.

I am sorry I didn't find it.

Added by Becky on Jul 24, 2015 3:52 PM
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RE: Stone/Calvery Cemetery
You are very welcome. Happy to help!
Added by a Volunteer on Apr 26, 2015 4:29 PM
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RE: Robert Bremer
You are very welcome. Glad to help.
Added by a Volunteer on Apr 14, 2015 12:33 PM
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RE: Rhiannon Hilinski
You are very Welcome.
Added by a Volunteer on Mar 09, 2015 2:55 PM
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