Sunday, March 4, 2007

Found a cousin

I was doing a little internet search for information about a cousin in Arkansas who is also related to a friend here in Fort Collins, trying to see how this friend and my husband are related when I stumbled upon the writings of yet another distant cousin named Lee Cowan. She now lives in Fox, Arkansas, with her husband Mike where she has an art studio and Mike grows grapes and makes wine. A few years back Lee worked as a psychotherapist in Little Rock and I think that's when she began writing. The first story I read is at and that's what got me interested in her life and work. But my favorite story is about her Aunt Flora Turner who is a woman I've heard about from my father-in-law, Doyle Russell. Flora and her husband, Champ, operated a store at Turner Bend and Doyle talked about them several times to me. This story is at I like the way Lee writes.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Last Russell Uncle

We got an email from Ken today saying that his Uncle Seldon has suffered a series of strokes recently and is in a nursing home near his home in Ozark, Arkansas. Seldon is the last of the eight Russell boys, the sons of Elias and Addie Jane. There were four girls in the family, too, but they have all died. It seems that strokes caused a lot of the deaths. In fact, I don't think any of the kids died of cancer - heart disease seems to be the main culprit. I'm assuming that if someone dies of a stroke that it is considered heart disease for statistical purposes. I might be wrong about that. I sure did hate to hear that Seldon's health was not good.