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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 6 April 2010 - Dallman/Mayer/Hamric

Edith N. Dallman, my first cousin, once removed, was born 1 January 1906 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA, and died 4 April 1983 (27 years ago this week) in Morton Grove, Cook, Illinois, USA. She was buried 7 April 1983 in Arlington Cemetery, DuPage County, Illinois, USA.

Edith had two children - Norma and Jack Mayer - from two different husbands (Ray Mayer and Adolph Mayer, respectively - no relation that we know of). She was divorced from her third husband - Mr. Hamric.

I remember Edith and her daughter Norma - they attended my first wedding. While we lived close to each other in Illinois, our families had very little contact. I regret that greatly at this point in my life and am trying to reconnect with Jack Mayer's family (he passed away in 1987, but I understand his three children - Jack, John, and Kathy - still live in Illinois).

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