My extended family consists of relatives on my dearly departed mother's side (Cleo Patra West)--and yes that is her real name..Patra is a name that has been handed down on the female side for a couple of generations.
I had made contact with them about 10 years ago accidently while looking into taxes on property I own in the area...it turned out, one of my cousins worked at the tax assessors office and passed my information onto my Aunt Peggy who proceeded to contact me and encourage me to come visit...I never could find the time nor money but through my truck driving job I got a load that was delivering in Centralia, Illinois, 11 November 2010 and took the opportuity to contact them for a get together in which I learned so much about my mother who died when I was 2 years old...
I met my Uncle George Owen, who seems to be quite the recognizable fellow in town...it seemed everyone in town knew who he was...of course he resembles Dr Robert Schueller, the famous minister...but to me he looked a little like the former popcorn king Orville Reddenbacher. LOL
His wife is my Aunt Genny and she is my mothers older sister. Genny and George used to take care of my mother when they were younger, so my Aunt Genny and Uncle George were her "mom and dad" so to speak...
Next up was Uncle Dwight and Aunt Peggy, in which Dwight is my mother's younger brother..I have heard some of the stories of their times growing up, one in particular of how my mother was the "Queen of Centralia" (being Home Coming Queen) and when my Aunt Peggy who was in admiration of my mother for her accomplishments, met my Uncle Dwight, and he informed her that my mother was his sister, she was stunned in disbelief that a woman of such regality in town could have a brother like Dwight....I guess my Uncle Dwight was alot like me in his younger days :)
To be continued... James
My Mom's older sister Genny and her husband George Owen.
Aunt Genny and James
Aunty Genny, James and Uncle Owen
Aunt Genny, James and Uncle Dwight
My Mom's little brother Dwight West and his wife Peggy
My Dad and stepmom are a bit different as I have seen them more often than my entended family, yet this is the first photos I have of them or taken with them since I was a young boy...they have always been supportive of me and want nothing more than for me to be happy in whatever i do...
My father has always been like Superman to me, basically my hero.. so it was hard for me when I was younger to come to grip with things like health issues he might have because I saw him as virtually indestructible...Now he is more like the Six Million Dollar man...has a few artificial parts, but like a Timex , he takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
I would love nothing more than to spend more time with both sides of the family as time is so short and we do not get any younger
James Father, Dr Edward Shaver Jr, James and stepmom, Beverly Shaver
Beautiful Fall/Autumn colours are perfect backdrop. These woods are at the back of our house. Deer wander through here and we have flushed out 3 accidently walking through the woods
James and I have been together since 1999 and married since 2002, this is the first time that I have met my in-laws in person. This has been so different from my first marriage as my ex mother-in-law and step father-in-law lived about an hour away and they were very involved in our lives
The USA makes interaction and involvement with our extended family far more difficult due to the vast distances from each other and with only 1 week vacation per year visiting just never came to pass.
James drove a load down to Florida and was able to meet his uncle, Larry West whom is the youngest on his mother's side. They went to dinner at Lobster Shanty in Vero Beach Florida. 8 June 2011
James looks so much like his Maternal side of the family with his rounder face
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Around the farm, Nebraska
Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium
Chyna, Quarter horse filly
Miss Daisy, Brittany spaniel
Damon, Alaskan malamute
Extended Martin Family
Ford Ranger wreck
Greenwood, Nebraska House
Harmony, Paint/Quarter horse
Horse Float/ Horse Trailer
James, Big Rig, Nebraska
James Mother - Cleo West Shaver
Kerie and Daryl
Koda, Mixed breed
Koda page 2
Lexington, North Carolina
Leo - Great Pyrenees mix
Missy - Brittany/Feild spaniel mix puppy
Pets we use to have
Princess, Tennessee Walking Horse
Puppies - Brittany/Field Spaniel Mix
Roxie, German shepherd
Taxidermy, James hobby
Wind damage, Georgia
Amanda Martin-Shaver ©