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Goals for the Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County January 11, 2009

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Since I am a procastinator by nature, I thought it would be a good thing for me to list out the goals I have for the Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County.

1st Goal: There are two main funeral homes in the Lewisville area and I want to contact each of them and set up interviews.  One has been in business for about 60 years and is located in the Historic Downtown section.  The other has been operating since 1969.  I want to delve into funeral customs and how they have stayed the same or changed over time.

2nd Goal: Take day trips to other cemeteries in the area I cover and not only take photos, but to find out more information about the cemetery – if the graves had been moved from one location to another and why?  Does the cemetery have a group that regularly keeps a close eye on it for historical purposes?  Is the cemetery divided into sections (veterans, childrens, family plots, etc.)?

3rd Goal: Upload information and photos to Find-a-grave (especially those that haven’t been uploaded)

4th Goal: And this is where you, Dear Reader, helps!  If you do not live in the area – and have an ancestor buried in South Denton County – and need more information on the gravestone or other cemetery information – please send an email to me here or through the comments, and I’ll try to help out as much as I can.  Or – if you have information on any of the cemeteries or stones that I’ve written about – please send it in!  I’ll credit you with the information.  If there is something you want to see written about, please let me know and (again), I’ll do the best I can to write on a topic (related to gravestones, cemeteries, funeral homes, and burial customs) that would interest my readers.

I want to thank all of you who have been following the Graveyard Rabbit of South Denton County!  I look forward to getting to know my readers a little better this way!

Tombstone Tuesday – Silk January 6, 2009

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Minnie S. Silk                                               Wm Otho Silk
1905 – 1942                                                  1902 – 1974

Buried in Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

After Minnie died, William married Jimmie Lee Miller in Denton County, Texas on March 18, 1967.  When William died in Dallas County, Texas, on Nov. 21, 1974 he was single.

The 1920 Census for Justice Precinct #3 in Tarrant County, Texas shows Otho (born Texas) living in the household of his parents, Frank L. (born Georgia) and Annie (born Alabama), at age 17.  Others in the household include his siblings: Floyd (21), Olga (8), and Charles (2 years and 8 months).

Digital Photo taken on November 1, 2008 by Wendy Littrell.  Digital Photo owned by Wendy Littrell (address for private use).

Tombstone Tuesday – Thiede December 9, 2008

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THIEDE
MOTHER                           FATHER
M.M. Thiede                   W.M. Thiede
Apr. 22, 1874                  Dec. 7, 1866
July 16, 1963                  Mar. 17, 1929
               Rest in Peace      He has gone from his dear
                    ones
                                     His children, His wife
                                             Whom he willingly toiled
                  for,
                                     And loved as his life.

Buried in Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.

Photographed by Wendy Littrell, Nov. 2, 2008
Digital photo in possession of Wendy Littrell (Address for private use)

Tombstone Tuesday – Phelps December 2, 2008

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pb010353Charles “Chuck” Phelps
Jan. 14, 1947                   Oct. 4, 2006
Loving Husband and Father
“Bad Moon Rising”

Interred at Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas
Photographed by Wendy Littrell, Nov. 2, 2008
Digital photo owned by Wendy Littrell (Address for Private use)

Memorializing Those Interred November 28, 2008

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If Tears Could Build A
Stairway, And Memories
A Lane, I’d Walk Right Up
To Heaven And Bring
You Home Again.

Memorial Stone in front of the burial location of R.E. Randy Miertschin, b. Mar. 22, 1930 d. Sept. 19, 1991.  This is a dual stone with his wife – who is still living. 

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Memorial Bench next to the burial location of Ruma Mata b. 3-14-1963 d. 2-2-2008. 

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There are also bricks placed around the head area with the name on each brick.  A lovely crucifix stands above the gravestone.

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“If Love Could Have Saved You,
You Would Have Lived Forever.”

Stone next to the grave of Micah Beth Vaughn b. June 10, 1988 d. March 8, 2007 (age 16). The gravestone also has the inscription:

A LIFE SO YOUNG RELEASED TO HEAVEN
LEFT ON EARTH, WE WONDER WHY
SOME ARE SENT AMONG US BRIEFLY
SOME HAVE SPIRITS MEANT TO FLY.

There is also a picture of the deceased on the gravestone.

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All burials at Round Grove Cemetery, Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.