Poem By My Great Great Grandmother

Banks, Oregon
May 18, 2017 3:59pm CST
I was looking through old genealogy papers i have while working on our Family History, when i came across this poem by my Great Great Grandmother Mary Agnes (O'Donnell) Purnell it is written about her mother Ann (Sharp) O'Donnell written in 1949. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Happy birthday mother Dear In heaven up above.... Are you peeking through the star light? Down on the ones you love? Are you waiting for our coming when the day is done? and we are traveling homeward Beyond the setting sun.... Rest in peace dear mother as we cross the great divide we will walk in God's sunlight until we reach you side.... and when the golden sun is set and we are with you abide you can close the starlet window, and with god we shall reside.. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So beautifully written!!! This lovely photo is Four Generations - My Great Aunt Betty Niemeyer her daughter Barbara Niemeyer, My Great Great Grandmother Mary Agnes, and her mother Ann O'Donnell.
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@Courtlynn (64283)
• United States
18 May 17
Very beautiful
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Yes it sure is
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 May 17
Lovely poem. Nice picture. It's great to have those kinds of pictures showing the generations.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Yes i just love Generational pictures i have quite a few of them
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@just4him (112956)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 May 17
@chrissbergstrom I only have one. I wanted to take another one this past year, but my granddaughter was uncooperative and high tailed it to Texas before a four generation picture could be taken.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
@just4him I am sorry it is sometimes difficult to get people into pictures, i pray my Grandma is here for a long time as i'd hope to have a 5 generation picture with her and my niece, but my eldest niece is only 16 so i hope granny lives a long life she is only 77, so i know that it may happen.
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@MALUSE (39117)
• Germany
18 May 17
So you belong to a German/Irish family?
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
I am a little bit of everything @MALUSE My Great Grandfather George David Bergstrom his father was Swedish and his mother was Danish, My Great Grandmother Martha Willenbring her parents we're both German, and on my Grandma Mary's side of the family her Great Great Grandparents we're from Ireland and Austria. So i am a mix of just about everything....
@MALUSE (39117)
• Germany
18 May 17
@chrissbergstrom A mixture, yes, but Northern/Central European to the core.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
• United States
18 May 17
Well now this is beautiful. I see the O'Donnell..Irish to be sure.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Yes for sure
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• United States
18 May 17
@chrissbergstrom When you get to the very first of your ancestors you will have to tell us where did they originate from Chris.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
@TiarasOceanView My family lines trace back to Sweden, Germany, Austria, Ireland, and Denmark
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@Elisa1234 (7677)
• Philippines
19 May 17
Wow nice poem
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• Banks, Oregon
19 May 17
Yes i like it
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@Elisa1234 (7677)
• Philippines
19 May 17
@chrissbergstrom I like it too. I can see them on the picture. It's an old pic and they do not smile? they are all pretty serious
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• Banks, Oregon
19 May 17
@Elisa1234 Not many people smile in old pictures
@MsBooklover (3818)
• United States
20 May 17
I love this. The poem and the picture are precious.
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• Banks, Oregon
20 May 17
Thank you
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@Srbageldog (8356)
• United States
19 May 17
What a treasure for you to have! I wish I had something written by my great great grandmother, or my great grandmother for that matter.
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• Banks, Oregon
19 May 17
Yes I am very lucky to have stories and poems written by different ancestors
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@celticeagle (117619)
• Boise, Idaho
19 May 17
Very nice. Timeless and loving.
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• Banks, Oregon
19 May 17
Yes timeless is a good word for it
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@teamfreak16 (40871)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 May 17
Very touching
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
yes very heartfelt
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@amadeo (63892)
• United States
18 May 17
I am not sure if you realized.Most of this rare photo as people do not smile much. I have some here and they are not smiling at all. Isn't that weird. Thank you for sharing this.Your lucky to have all these treasure of your family
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Yes it seems so rare to find photos of are ancestors smiling
@TRBRocks420 (75435)
• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Very nice poem.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
i think so to
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@sallypup (26614)
• Moses Lake, Washington
18 May 17
Treasures to savor for sure.
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Yes a cousin of my Grandma Mary's sent me a big box of old photos and it has some papers in it to i could not believe she did not want this stuff, but she knew how much family history meant to me so she sent it my way.
@bunnybon7 (35865)
• Holiday, Florida
18 May 17
very good. interesting. really great that you have all those keepsakes
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• Banks, Oregon
18 May 17
Yes i treasure them all
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