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     marylou mooers image,maine family geneology historyAs a kid growing up, my mom Mary Lou was always interested in the family tree with stacks of correspondence, news clippings and charts with branches of the early members added as they were learned about. Activities like death or marriage or new additions to the family were carefully written in with her careful cursive style penmanship taught to her years ago in Hodgdon Maine schools.  Now with her gone, my brother Jonathan in Boxford Massachusetts has become the local historian for the family. He is fascinated with trips to old graveyards, searching public records and looks for family puzzle pieces.  Daniel Mooers is an attorney in the Portland Maine area and he has taken the missing family persons hobby even further with a yahoogroups site set up and regular news letter on the MOOERS family name.  Today receive a correspondence that gets your attention and makes me blog about what others do to stay in touch with their family roots and how they pass along the information that you want preserved and not lost. Dan writes....

This week I was jolted by an obituary I picked up on the 'net. Let me
explain my reaction to you, with a rather long explanation. Please bear
with me.

A little over a year ago, I was reading a newspaper story about a young
Swampscott, Massachusetts soldier who was killed in Iraq. The soldier was
named Jared Raymond, and the article also talked about his friend and
cousin, Justin Mooers, who also had been injured several years earlier
during preparation to go to Iraq. Because I have cousins named Raymond, I
searched for a connection to our family but I could not. I filed the
obituary away with other genealogical information.

Earlier this year, I also picked up a obituary of Wayne Mooers, who died at
age 49 in Florida. The obituary said he died unexpectedly in December, 2007
and that he was formerly from Massachusetts. Again, I could not find a
connection to any Mooers in my database so I filed it away,

This week I saw an obituary of Justin K. Mooers, age 27, who died in Texas.
His obituary pointed out that he was a cousin of Army Spec. Jared Raymond
(deceased). Justin's obituary listed family members, so I pulled out Jared
Raymond's obituary and it led me in turn to Wayne Mooers' obituary. As I
re-read the three obituaries, I realized that Wayne Mooers was the brother
of Justin's mother, Kathleen Mooers. Wayne Mooers also was the father of
Jared Raymond. Wayne's parents were John R. And Patricia Mooers of Pelham, NH.

I then realized that John and Patricia Mooers had, in a little over a year,
lost a son, Wayne, and two grandsons, Justin and Jared. I was overwhelmed.
I found the telephone number for John and Patricia and telephoned their
home to express my deepest sympathies. I reached Patricia and had a long
conversation. She explained that her husband, John, is confined to a
nursing home and they have not dared to tell him of Justin's death.

Patricia further explained that as the US was prepared to invade Iraq,
Justin's tank battalion was being transported by rail and Justin was in his
tank. At some point, he stood up on top of his tank and came in contact
with a high tension wire above the tracks. The electrical charge went into
the top of his head and out his toes and he was severely burned on half his
body. He eventually lost a leg and was retired from the military. However
he did get married, to Jessica A. Holmes Mooers, herself an Air Force staff
sergeant and she was stationed at Lackland in Texas. They had a daughter,
Bailey Mooers, who, at the beginning of June, was 20 months old. Justin
laid down in June, 2008, to take a nap with Bailey and he never woke up.

Justin's wife, Jessica is pregnant with their second child, who is expected
in October.

I have to tell you, I am telling you this story with tears in my eyes.
Although I have never personally met this family, I feel the deepest
heartache for their losses. I intend to contact Jessica Holmes Mooers to
see if she will accept a small donation to help with the expenses of
Justin's children. Because of her circumstances, she has found it necessary
to resign from the military. If any of you would also like to help Jessica
and her children, please contact me.

I did learn that John R. Mooers' father's name was Arthur Mooers. I still
am unable to identify the family with others in my extensive database but I
will keep trying.

Let's all keep this family in our prayers. They have been through more than
one family should have to bear.

maine real estate broker andrew mooers,houlton maineWho is tracking developments in your family for the next generation to carry on the tradition? Now that my parents are gone, it makes you realize all they shared with you about stories, events and family history needs to be taught to my four children. 

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers - Houlton Maine / Aroostook County Real Estate Information | 207.532.6573

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Comment balloon 5 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • August 21 2008 10:59AM


I''ve been the family genealogist for the past few years. And I've been kicking myself for not paying enough attention in those long-ago childhood days when my now-dead grandmothers tried to tell me all about many long-dead relatives. How I wish I'd recorded that information that I didn't appreciate at the time!

Posted by Laura Warden Nordin, 30-year Top Producer in Greater ABQ Real Estate (Century 21 Camco Realty) over 12 years ago

What a tragic story, Andrew. It is a mystery to me why some families have so much heartache.

I'm IT for our family. Our parents just passed away a couple of years ago and I have all " the stuff"

My daughter has expressed interest in our genealogy and I hope she will keep all the information gathered so far together, it is substantial when you consider all family branches and that some of our relatives have been in this country since the early 1700's.  Heck, we are probably related!!

Posted by Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (Westbrook Realty) over 12 years ago
I would like to thank you for your kindness toward my family during this terrible time of grief. Justin K. Mooers was an incredible human being, and one we will forever mourn the loss of. Justin's uncle's name was "Keith" Mooers, and he passed away in Florida in December 0f 2007; he was Kathleen's brother (and mine). Once again, thank you for your kindness. God bless you, Karlene.
Posted by Karlene Mooers-Nolan over 12 years ago

My family and I would like to thank you for your kind comments regarding our son, Justin K. Mooers.  Justin came to live with us when he was 9 years old, and he was a fine young man.  He instantly became the "older" brother to our two children Anthony and Meagan, who were only 6 and 5 at the time.  He will always be missed.  One comment regarding your article, our brother who passed away suddenly in Naples, Florida was named Keith, not Wayne.  You may wish to correct this information in your database.  Mom and Dad (John R. and Patricia A. Mooers) had 8 children born between 1956 and 1966.  For your records, here are the names and d/o/b:

Karen A. (Mooers) Barbuzzi 6/15/56; Kevin A. Mooers (deceased--3/8/2000), born 6/14/57 and Kathleen A. Mooers 6/14/57--Yes they were twins; Keith A. Mooers (deceased 12/2007), born 5/29/58; Karlene A. (Mooers) Nolan 10/17/59; Kelley A. (Mooers) Owens 11/15/61; John R. Mooers 8/2/63; and Kristen A. (Mooers) McDuffee 12/7/66. 

Best wishes on your research into the Mooers line.  Regards, Karen (Mooers) Barbuzzi

Posted by Karen (Mooers) Barbuzzi over 12 years ago

Justin's second daughter was born yesterday, October 26th.  Her name is Quinn and she weighs 9.2!  Please send your prayers to her, Jessica, and Bailey.   She will be well loved.  Thank you.

Posted by Karlene Mooers-Nolan over 12 years ago

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