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My Scrapbook - Four Generations of the Richards Family

Great-grandparents Joshua Hooper Richards and Elizabeth Sarah Conway
Grandparents John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley
Parents Leon Fremont Richards and Vernelle Gailey
Judith Gail Richards

Joshua Hooper Richards was born April 21, 1861 in Shelby County, Texas and died February 25, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. On November 29, 1883 in Shelby County, he married Mary Elizabeth Saphrona Arbella Saria Conway. Some called her Lizzie and some called her Saria and her headstone says Elizabeth. She was born March 29, 1866 in Texas and died on December 01, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. They are both buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Parker County north of Weatherford.

My grandparents Bob and Willie are buried in Whitt Cemetery in Parker County. John Robert "Bob" was born July 17, 1890 in Timpson, Shelby County, Texas and died January 24, 1975 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Willie Laura Homsley was born June 21, 1894 in Klondike, Delta County, Texas and died November 02, 1966 in Stephenville. She died of complications from breast cancer. They were living near their sons, Johnny and Leon, in Lingleville at the time of their deaths. Bob and Willie were married on November 10, 1912 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas.

My father, Leon Fremont Richards, was born on August 26, 1916 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas near the small community of Whitt. He died on April 08, 1985 of lung cancer while in a hospital in Fort Worth. He was 68 years old. He is buried in East End Cemetery in Lingleville, Erath County, Texas. Daddy married Vernelle Gailey on February 26, 1941. They went across the state line and got married in Waurika, Oklahoma. My mother was born September 25, 1921 in Millsap, Parker County, Texas. She was a twin to Maedelle Gailey Carlyle. Mother died August 19, 1998 in the Harris Hospital of Fort Worth. She suffered from the rupture of an arterial veinous malformation (AVM) on the right side of the brain. She was taken back to Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, to be buried beside my step-father, Edwin C. Rowbury, in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.

The last picture on my scrapbook page of four generations of the Richards family is of me. It was taken on the sidewalk in Fort Worth and I was holding the hand of my mother as we window-shopped during one of our many trips there from Mineral Wells where I was born.

Digital Scrapbooking template and embellishments from Sweet Shona kit by Ambowife Designs.


Willie C said…
Very nice presentation, Judy!
Beautiful Judith! I need to find more time, I have seen so many wonderful pages done! Great job!
Thanks so much, Willie. I appreciate your coming by and looking at my posts!

Cheryl, I appreciate your comments, too. I have been playing with Photoshop and using free scrapbooking elements and templates that I download. There are many bloggers out there more talented than I am and I love to look at their pages.
Anonymous said…
Judy, this is so very good and I learned a lot about you and your family. I am impressed as always with your talent.

Thanks so much, Jessie! I appreciate your leaving a comment.
Angie Pruett said…
Yes, Judy, I have now seen your scrapbook was great seeing my ancestors always, you do an excellent job....Thank you for taking care of this for all of us!!
BeNotForgot said…
Judy, I L-U-V what you did here! I still don't have Photoshop (just using Picasa) so you're ahead of me. When I get Photoshop, I'll be asking questions!
Tina said…
Judy, this was a terrific post! I live in Lake Worth, TX and work in Azle. I recognize all of the places you mentioned in your post. I love reading about places that I know. My husband and I go camping at the state parks in Mineral Wells and Possom Kingdom.

Keep up the good work!
Tina :-)
Thanks so much, Tina, for visiting my blog today and leaving such a sweet comment!

You mentioned you went to the state parks in Texas and at Possum Kingdom. Please look at my cousin's blog, Camp Across Texas with Skip & Kay. I think you'll enjoy it. Tell her I sent you!
I think I should revise my page. I should have found a photo of all 3 of us girls ~ but just wait ~ I'll think of something. ;p

Thanks for looking and you know I do this for all of us and our cousins, too!
Vickie, you know you are the one that inspired me to try to do the digital pages. I have had Photoshop for a while and thought I might as well dig in and learn something about it. I'll be glad to help you when you get the program, but I imagine you won't have any trouble. Your scrapbook pages are always great.
Life Goes On said…
Nice post. Did you do each family on a separate page with history. Would love to see this if you did.
Hi there. No I haven't done a page for each family yet, but I intend to. Will post them when I do. Am so glad you stopped by.
DianaR said…
What a beautiful page! So you are doing this in photoshop? I love the layout.
Janice Tracy said…
Judy, your scrapbook page is beautiful, and your family history article is so complete. I feel as if I now know the four generations of the Richards Family!
Thanks, Diana & Janice, for the nice compliments. Yes, I'm doing the scrapbook pages in Photoshop. Been finding digital papers and embellishments online. There are a gillion sites out there!
What a beautiful presentation - thanks for sharing!
Evelyn in Montreal

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