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Albert Walters
5-16-28 ~ 2-22-98
Age ~ (69)

My Daddy

Pictured above is Daddy after my wedding in 1988, at my Mother in-law's house. The second picture is (back row first) and from (left to right): Daddy, Carol, Ann, Dee, Sharon, Fran, Elena-(me) and Mike. This picture was taken at our annual Walters Family Reunion.

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My daddy and mama married and had three children. Edith (Ann), Delores Alberta (Dee) and Myself, Stella (Elena). Mama died in an automobile accident in 1964. Leaving behind a husband and three daughters Ann (12), Dee (8) and myself Elena (6). Daddy did his best with us until he met Carol Alivo and remarried. She had three children by her first marriage. Sharon (6), Frances (Fran) (5) and Mike (3). Boy did we have a house full! We all had our ups and downs, but we all loved each other very much. And we still do...When daddy died, it affected us all very much. Daddy was in the hospital with liver problems and passed away in the hospital with his wife by his side. I was on one end of the phone and the nurse put the other end to his ear. I don't know if he heard me when I told him I loved him and told him goodbye. I miss my daddy very much, we all do. We love you daddy, Always:

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Edith Ann Walters Strickland
10-24-51 ~ 11-25-97
Age ~ (46)

My Sister

Ann, was one of a kind. I know Heaven is a better place, with her in it. If more people in this world was more like her, the world would be a better place. I think Ann's purpose in life was to make people feel better about themselves and she fulfilled her goal to the fullest. The 2nd picture was taken of us three sisters, at Myrtle Beach, S.C. (left to right) is Dee, Ann and my self, (Elena). Ann was very protective over us and she was very loving and affectionate. She wasn't shy at all about showing her love. I thank God for the time I had her here with me and for the wonderful memories she's given me. I love you Sissy and I miss you more than words can say... The top picture was taken at Chris and Monica's Wedding. (left to right) is Danny (her husband), Bobby, Cory, Chris and Ann. Ann loved her three boys, more than life itself. She was very proud of all of them. You can see that in her face in the picture. Cory was the only son living at home, when Ann passed away.

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When we were all little we use to call her Edith Ann. Later as she got older she wanted to be called Ann. What can I say about this special lady. Ann was one in a million... She was 16 years old when she married Danny Strickland. They had three boys, Bobby, Chris and Cory. They were her life. She loved her family very much and would do anything for them. She was also very proud of them. She only had (1) grandchild when she passed. Victoria - (Tori). She was exactly (2) months old, when Ann died, so she barely got a chance to know her; but boy, she was a proud grandma! All three of us girls, gave birth to boys. So she was very tickled when her first grandchild was a Girl! I think what hurts me the most about her death is the fact that she was such a good mother and never really got to be a hands on grandmother. She now has (5) grandchildren. Morgan Ann and Cameron are Bobby and Tanya's, Tori and Tyler are Chris and Monica's and Alexis Ann is Cory and Cortney's. They're all so very beautiful and it breaks my heart that their Grandma isn't here to enjoy them, and them enjoy and get to know her.

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Ann was always kind and generous to everyone she met. She always had something good to say about everybody. And she never met a stranger. She loved to dance and smile and make people laugh. She always called me her little sis. She loved both her sisters very much.

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Ann had gone down hill for about a year before her death. She had an operation on her neck that later caused more problems and she had a ruptured disk in her back that could not be fixed. She was put on a lot of medication and got into a car wreck that caused a broken ankle and pens in her arm. She had just gone to the doctor a week before she died and everything checked out okay. To this day, we're not sure what killed her. The autopsy report was not really conclusive, too many different kinds of medication. Which to me doesn't make sense, because they were all prescribed by a Doctor, and she did not O.D. I guess we'll never know what went so terribly wrong.....

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We love her and miss her very much and we talk and think about her often. Ann, Dee and myself always went out and ate to celebrate our Birthdays. Dee and I miss her a lot especially during those occasions. We always include her in our conversations. We miss you big sis, always...

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Edith Lucille Walters
7-16-21 ~ 8-13-64
Age ~ (43)

My Mama

I don't have but a couple of pictures of my mom. Both pictures are very old. The first picture of course, is my mom. The second picture was taken on our front porch in 1959 or 1960. Pictured (left to right) are: Mom, Dad, Ann, Elena (me) and Dee.

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Mama died instantly in a car wreck when I was just (6) years old. I remember little things about her. She was a very clean person and she drank a lot of coffee. She use to dip saltine crackers in it. She loved to dance and was very good at it. She knew all the dances back then. She would always bring us snacks and bubble gum balls home from work. She always kept my hair in a curly perm. I remember going to Piggly Wiggly grocery store and before we went in or before we would leave, she would put me on one of the rides outside. She dipped snuff. That's about all I remember about her. I do know she loved us very much. I know mama is looking after Dennis for me. She never got to see me grow up, so she is getting to know me through her grandson. I've missed my mom a lot throughout the years.

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String Bean Lowery
9-20-86 - 12-13-02
Age - (16)

Our Fur Baby

We had both the father and the mother. she was a litter of (4). We named them after vegetables. String Bean, Tater Tot, Mushroom and Sweet Pea. I helped give birth to them. She was a mixed breed. We think American Fox Hound and Rat Terrier. But we were never sure. We found good homes for the rest and the one that didn't get taken, we kept, which was String. She was such a good dog. She was so devoted to us. She loved us as much as we loved her and she showed it in everything she did.

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Stringy started getting sick when she was around (15). We took her to the Vet and was told she had cancer. She lived almost (3) months, after her (16th) birthday. We miss her so much. She was and always will be a part of our family. String Bean died in my arms looking up at me. You will always be close to our heart.

Mommy, Daddy and Sissy Girl miss you sooooo much baby girl !!!! We love you...

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Sleep Tight Tippy Toes:

Now we lay her in the ground, she lies there sleeping not making a sound.
She goes through the tunnel until she reaches the light,
then she wakes up scared & frighten because she realizes she's lost her fight.

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She misses dad, mommy & Sissy too and then;-wait a minute,
"I feel pretty good & my body's brand new"!

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She (runs) through the clouds making all kinds of fuss,
she stops to look down and hopes to see us.
She (barks) real loud so that we can hear,
then she watches us to see, if we've dried up that last tear.

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She whispers so softly like a breath of fresh air,
your String Bean will be waiting at the pearly gates when you get here...

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We Love You Our Precious Baby Girl Forever, Mommy, Daddy & Sissy Girl.

Written By: Mom, With Love, Friday Night, December 13th, 2002

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Tribute To String Bean

String Bean's Dog Star

String Bean's Rainbowbridge Story

String Bean's Personal Candle

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Sissy Girl Lowery
12-15-91 - 1-14-06
Age (14)

Our Fur Baby

We got Sissy at a Flea Market when she was (7) weeks old. She was just a little fur ball. We brought her home and introduced her to String Bean, thinking that she would like her new little friend. She was none to happy! She was jealous and didn't mind letting us know it. We had to separate them for about a week, until things calmed down a little. Before we knew it, they had become best friends. Sissy grew over night and became the BIG Sister, rather than the little sister. Whatever String did, Sissy followed. I've never had it so easy house breaking a pup. String would go out of the doggie door and Sissy would be right behind her. So there was never an accident in the house, thanks to String! Sissy was such a easy dog to raise. No matter what you were doing, she was happy. She never got sick, never was a picky eater, she was just a great dog! Even up to the last breath, she took. Sissy started going down hill right after her 14th birthday. Her belly started to swell and we took her to the vet and had her checked out. We had been through pretty much the same symptoms earlier with String Bean. The Vet said it was Cancer. We brought her home and she done OK for a couple of weeks, then she started getting worse. We took her back to the vet, mainly to get his advise on what he thought we should do. As my husband was getting Sissy out of the truck, she passed away...She didn't want us to have to pay for another visit, or expensive treatment, or have to see us go through with the heart break of watching her get worse. So, she left us before we even could get in the Vet's office door. She is buried beside String Bean. We miss her so much. We love you Big Girl...

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God Took Our Angel Home:

There's a candle burning bright,
for a Special Angel in Heaven tonight.
God took our Teddy Bear Home.

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Sissy gave us fourteen wonderful years,
they'll be happy memories, sadness and tears.
God took our Love-Love Home.

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She had pointed ears, thick black fur as soft as cotton,
and a heart full of Love. Oh, it was so easy to spoil Her rotten.
God took our Big-Un Home.

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She took showers with Mom and rolled on the floor with Dad,
She played with Twinkie, oh what fun they had.
God took our Loved One Home.

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Sissy mothered everything that was ever so little,
even though she never had her own liter.
She'd cuddle up next to them, She was such a sweet baby sitter.
God took our Sweet Girl Home.

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God Bless you , Sissy Girl.
You will always be loved and missed by your Dad, Mom and little Sis, Twinkie.

Written By: Mom, With Love, Saturday Night, January 14th, 2006

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Twinkie LaVista Lowery
December 30th, 2002 – June 18th, 2015
12 1/2 Years Old
We became her Daddy and Mommy on February, 23rd, 2003
She was 7 Weeks Old.
Rat Terrier/Chihuahua Mix
Color – Rust and White

From the Beginning

Our Sweet Baby Girl
You were just a wee and tiny thing the day we brought you home but you prove to us that you were a big girl, when you started eating out of Sissy’s food dish and climbing the steps on your own.

It was you and Sissy for about two years which wasn’t very long but in that time ya’ll were inseparable, she was your sidekick and protector, and then your best friend was gone...

After our hearts begin to mend, we decided to get you a new best friend and brought home another. We found Que-Tip and you and him became Sister and Brother.

From That Day Forward

You and Que played really well but ya’ll were so jealous and we couldn’t touch or play with one without the other But we were okay with that we had enough to go around for both of you, Que was our son and you were our daughter. And Baby girl, we were so proud and happy to be your Dad and Mother...

At two, you had surgery to remove a kidney stone and the Doc said you had to stay overnight. I don’t think we got any sleep at all because we wanted so badly to bring you home. The next morning when we arrived we were early so we wouldn’t be late as soon as the nurse walked you out you started running jumped in your daddy’s arms and licked and licked him all over his face, bless your heart you were so excited you couldn’t wait.

You were a picky eater right from the very start I would try all different kinds of food. I think you’ve tried about all the dog foods in Pet Smart. I would even cook a meal of Turkey, peas and carrots with brown rice but for some reason you wouldn’t eat it long and I would be back at McDonald’s buying Chicken Nuggets even though I knew it was not good for you and was wrong.

Chicken Nuggets, Vienna Sausage and Steak were your favorites you would eat them everyday. No matter how hard I tried those big brown eyes and loving heart, you would get your way. And don't even think about drinking a glass of tea around her because she made sure you shared it with her.

You started gaining weight at around the age of 2 and it slowed you down quite a bit. It also changed you from being healthy and energetic and you became more dependent on dad and me too. It breaks my heart to know that by feeding you wrong, we helped take your youth away But we loved you so much we wanted you to be happy each and every day.

You seemed to be happy and somewhat healthy and still full of life. Until we noticed you were not feeling well. We took you to Dr Cotton and you were diagnosed with possible Bladder Infection, Kidney infection or Kidney failure.

You were put on medication (Baytril) and we starting praying to God that your Kidney’s wouldn’t fail. You did a little better for a while so we bought more Baytril. But soon we started noticing different things that you were doing and that made us think, we were going to lose you.

My God we pleaded make this go away... Your mobility was not good but you were still eating and drinking and showing some signs of playfulness and enjoyment. But then on June 16th, 2015 you quit eating and drinking completely.

We took you back to the Vet and had fluids pumped into you, while praying to God that you would show some sign of improvement. But you didn't. We knew you were suffering so we got prepared to say goodbye. I took you strolling in your stroller and spent the whole day laying with you. At 4:00 pm on a Thursday, we drove to the Vet, asked again was there anything that could be done to save you. The answer was no. On June 18th, 2015 at 5:11 pm We gave you all our Love and took away your pain and suffering. I sang Jesus loves me and you are my sunshine as I felt you take your last breath.

We love you Neekers with everything inside of us and we will all be together again someday. We will cherish every memory and every lick and all the love you gave to us. Go Play and have Fun Sweet Girl. It’s been a while. and Tell them all what’s what. Let them know little bubblebutt’s in charge. We’ll meet you all on the Bridge.

Love forever and always, Dad, Mommy and Que.

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Written By: Mom, With Love, Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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