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Wanda Rene' (Dungey) Thurmond

    • MAY 10

      Wanda Dungey was born

    1960
    • DEC

      Wanda and Warren Jr. Dungey

    1964
    • My paternal great grandma Susan (Coker) Curtis

    1966
    • My maternal grandma Ethel (Sconyers) Williams

    • JUL

      Moving from City of Kalamazoo to village of Vandalia, Michigan

    1972
    • Graudated from Kalamazoo High School

    1979
    • MAY 13

      Kalamazoo 1980 tornado

    • SEP 22

      My step great grandmother Weona (Copley) Brown passed

    • OCT 05

      My faternal grandfather Lolen Dungey passed

    1980
    • My Wedding

    1981
    • JUL

      Moving to Detroit, Michigan

    1984
    • JUL 19

      Ashford and Simpson Concert

    1985
    • JUN 10

      My car accident

    • AUG 02

      Kool Festival

    • NOV 03

      Shelly Lyn Dungey was born

    1986
    • The year I became a mother to Shelly

    1988
    • AUG

      Got reconnected with my mother

    1989
    • MAY

      My 30th birthday party and good times

    1990
    • DEC

      Christmas of 1991

    1991
    • JAN 20

      My maternal great grandmother Lola Sconyers passed

    • APR 12

      My father Warren H. Dungey Sr. passed

    1992
    • JUN

      Trips and fun times with Shelly

    • AUG

      Fort Lauderdale, Florida Trip

    1993
    • FEB

      My Grandma Dungey 80th birthday

    1994
    • APR

      Moved back from Detroit to Kalamazoo, Michigan

    1996
    • JAN

      Moved from Kalamazoo to Smyrna, Georgia

    • JUL

      I did a play about my friend Monique for her 41st birthday

    • NOV

      My stepfather James Ware Sr. passed away

    2002
    • Moved from Smyrna, Georgia back to Kalamazoo, Michigan

    • Meet some more cousins Lori, Kay, Priscilla and Fred Miller

    • MAY

      Shellys senior prom

    • JUN

      Shelly graduation and open house

    2004
    • My friend Joyce and her family

    • FEB 27

      My Aunt Almeta Phillistine (Williams) Buchanan passed

    • MAY

      Trip to Tacoma, Washington to see my cousin Lynn Earl

    • JUN

      Road Trip with Moma Snell to Tennessee

    • JUN

      Trip to San Diego, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California

    • AUG 30

      Jonathan Warren born

    2006
    • FEB 22

      Celebrating Grandma Dungey 93rd birthday

    • JUN

      Started working at Bronson Hospital

    • OCT 04

      Grandma Eunice Wanda (Brown) Dungey passed

    2007
    • Good times with my friends

    • Wanda pictures

    • Good times with my family

    • FEB 02

      My sister Alma Marie Snell 50th birthday

    • MAY

      Meet Luis, Amy and Syrianna Rivera and our good times

    • JUN 10

      Georgia Aquarium

    • SEP

      Women's Retreat Shipshewana, Indiana

    • DEC 17

      Fun times with Virginia Lindsey (Shelly maternal Grandma)

    2008
    • FEB 14

      Jonathan parents Travis and Catherine.

    • JUL

      Trip Michael Jackson birth-home he passed away

    • SEP 13

      Trip to San Diego, California

    2009
    • APR 01

      Play "The Color Purple."

    • AUG 08

      Meet alot of Curtis cousins

    • AUG 31

      Interested In genealogy

    • SEP 16

      Visiting Michael Jackson birth Home

    • OCT 22

      Trip to San Francisco, California

    2010
    • JAN 11

      My brother Warren surprised 55 year old birthday

    • AUG 11

      Underground Railroad Society of Cass County

    2011
    • MAY 10

      My 53rd Birthday with my grandchildren

    • NOV 03

      My daughter Shelly 27th birthday party

    2013
    • MAY

      My 54th and 57th birthday celebration Syrianna and Amy gave me

    • SEP

      Trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    • SEP

      Road Trip with my cousin Priscilla to Nasville, Tennessee

    2014
    • APR

      Tennessee Aquarium

    • JUN

      Road trip to Hampton, Virginia

    • JUL

      Family Reunions Kalamazoo and Cassopolis, Michigan

    2015
    • APR

      Legoland and Sealife Aquarium

    • MAY

      Road trip to Lake Leelanau, Michigan

    • JUN

      Celebrated my mom's Barbara Ware birthday

    • OCT 01

      My grand daughters Brianna and Logan birthdays and celebrations

    • DEC 10

      My friend Amy Rivera birthday

    • DEC 17

      My friend Vonetta Davis surprise 60th birthday party

    2016
    • JAN 11

      Momma Alma (Coleman) Snell passed away

    • FEB 18

      My friend Ms. Lucas 100th birthday party

    • APR

      Walking Hiking Trails

    • MAY

      Sojourner Truth and Underground Railroad Sculpture

    • JUN

      Visiting South Haven, Michigan

    • JUN 18

      Good times with my Snell family

    • AUG

      Trip to Fair Oaks Farm

    2017
    • FEB 23

      2018 Kalamazoo Flood

    • MAY 10

      My 58th Birthday

    • MAY 19

      Pince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding in London on TV

    • JUN

      Shedd's Aquarium

    • JUN 08

      Meeting my friend Mina from Iran

    • JUN 09

      Bethel Cemetery in Cassopolis, Michigan flooded

    • JUN 20

      My brother Warren had catract surgery

    • JUL 07

      Mabel Salters Birthday Pool Party

    • JUL 08

      Jesus Loves KZOO

    • JUL 14

      Patti LaBelle and Babyface concert

    • JUL 20

      Tunnel Park and Holland lighthouse

    • AUG

      Things I remember

    2018
  • Wanda Dungey was born

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I was born at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My parents are Warren Hurschel Dungey Sr. and Barbara (Flowers) Ware. I have two brothers my older brother is Warren H. Dungey Jr. and my younger brother is James Ware Jr. I raised my niece Shelly Dungey as my daughter when I got custody. The same hospital I have been working for the last 10 years. typed 5-16-2018
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Wanda and Warren Jr. Dungey

    Chicago, Illinois
    I was about four years old on this picture and my oldest brother Warren Jr. was about eight years old.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My paternal great grandma Susan (Coker) Curtis

    Cassopolis, Michigan
    I remember my dad taking me and my brother on a road trip to see Grandma Curtis in Cassopolis. She passed when I was six years old. I knew Aunt Hilda and Aunt Genevieve better. See pictures. Grandma Curtis was my birth grandmother mother. This is not a good picture of her but the only one that I have.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My maternal grandma Ethel (Sconyers) Williams

    Chicago, Illinois
    Ethel (Sconyers) Williams parents were Henry and Lola Sconyers. She was born and raised in Spartanburg County in South Carolina.

    She had four brothers. Nathan S. Smith born 1917, Joseph Earl Sconyers born in 1918, Willie M. Sconyers born 1922 and James Wesley Sconyers born 1923 and she also had five step siblings that her father had before he meet her mother.

    Ethel had been married three times and had two daughters Barbara Jean (Flowers) Ware born 1936 and Almeta Philistine Williams in 1949.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Moving from City of Kalamazoo to village of Vandalia, Michigan

    Vandalia, Michigan
    My grandparents Lolen and Eunice Dungey wanted to move to the country and do farming again. So we moved into my step great grandmother Weona (Copley) Brown house on Christian street. It is the last house on the road on the right hand side. It is still there and the people that own it now have added onto it. When we moved there was no bathroom just a outhouse and we needed another bedroom. At night we had a slop bucket so we didn't have to go outside. So my grandfather had a bathroom and another bedroom build and a big front porch and a two car garage. Grandpa and a neighbor put down the cement floor for the garage and we had a large garden there also. I hated the county living then. I went to Squires Elementary school and we had a paddle in front of the class if you got in trouble you would get paddled in front of the class. The Red Brick for 7th grade and Brookside School for 8th grade and I spent two years of my high school at Ross Beatty High school that was in the middle of a corn field back then. Living on a dead end dirt road was no fun riding my bike. I did meet a good friend name Wendy that I played with. It was a totally different life style then living in the country but now I thank my grandparents for teaching me a lot about working and gardening and fixing things.
    Wanda Thurmond
    My grandfather Lolen Dungey ran for maintenance supervisor position for Vandalia Village Road Commissioner and he got the most votes and got the job. March 28, 1974 it was in the local paper. This is a copy of the newspaper article with all the officers. My grandfather Lolen Dungey is standing in the back row on the right hand side. That was my first job working for the secretary typing letters.
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    Graudated from Kalamazoo High School

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    These are two pictures that I took at my graduation from Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Momma Snell did my hair for my pictures.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Kalamazoo 1980 tornado

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    The Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980 struck downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 13, 1980. The tornado, which touched down at 4:09 pm, was rated F3 on the Fujita scale. The tornado killed 5 people and injured 79. Damage was estimated at $50,000,000. Per Wikipedia

    I remember I didn't think I had to report to work at the telephone company the next day. but my manager called and said I did I had a emergency card to get pass the damaged areas. No damage to the telephone company downtown Kalamazoo.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Grandma Weona on the left and Grandma Dungey on right. She lost her left eye one time going fishing and had to have it removed.

    My step great grandmother Weona (Copley) Brown passed

    Dowagiac, Michigan
    Grandma Weona was an only child but in the 1910 census she lived with her other ½ siblings and was a stepdaughter to Chester and Mary Garner when she was 15 years old.
    Ira W. Copley 1861, Charles A. Copley 1867, Elma Copley 1872, Richard C. Copley 1874, Oscar W. Copley 1876 and Fred Copley 1878

    Weona loved to cook biscuits and corn beef hash, when she lived in Vandalia and me and my grandparents would come and visit her. She also made then when she temporary lived with her daughter and son-in-law and step great grandchildren. Weona treated them like they were grandchildren of her own. My brother and I loved her.

    She owned her own home in Vandalia, MI and she would rent out her bedrooms and her daughter (Eunice Wanda Dungey) inherited the house when she passed away. I remember she had an outhouse outside her house. Also, she loved to go fishing. A tragedy happen one day when she went fishing and she got injured in her left eye and she had to have surgery and she lost her eye.

    Not sure who made the tombstone but the date that she passed away on her obituary said 22 Sept 1980
    Weona was married two times. Her first husband was Charley Adams and she married him on 20 December 1911. Her second husband was Oscar Brown and she married him on 09 June 1917 and they had one daughter name Eunice Wanda Brown. Picture attached was taken around 1976 at her daughters house in Vandalia, MI.

    Funeral services for by Connelly Funeral Home in Cassopolis and Interment Chain Lake Cemetery

    Written by step great granddaughter Wanda (Dungey) Thurmond 03-07-2011
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • My grandfather Lolen Dungey he was my rock! I took this picture when I got a camera Grandpa is 69 years old on this picture.

    My faternal grandfather Lolen Dungey passed

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    One of the hardest days of my life when I got the call to come to Borgess hospital my grandfather wasn't doing well. When my grandmother and I got there the curtains was pulled in the room and my grandfather had passed away. That was a very sad moment for me cuz my grandfather was like my rock. I felt like I was never going to start crying that day . I was trying to stay strong for my grandmother because it was just two weeks ago she had lost her mother and now she had lost her husband. I created a www.findagrave.com for him also.

    Lolen parents were Lewis F. Dungey and Bonnie M. (Vaughn) Lett. Lewis and Bonnie didn't give Lolen a middle name.
    After Lewis passed she got remarried to George W. Lett and is buried next to him at Chain Lake Cemetery in Cassopolis, MI.

    Lolen first wife was Beatrice Curtis d 03 April 1918 they got married in 1934. One day they went to Day lake for a family outing with Lolen sister Marquerite Dungey and a tragedy happen and the two ladies drowned. Leaving Lolen a widower to a small son Warren H. Dungey Sr.

    A couple of years later Lolen married Eunice Wanda Brown in 1937. They didn’t have any biological children together but Eunice raised Warren Sr. and their grandchildren as they were her own. Lolen son Warren H. Dungey Sr. DOB 24 Jan 1935 and died 12 April 1992. He was a veteran and was buried in Fort Custer Cemetery in Augusta, MI. He is buried in section D plot number 889.

    Lolen was 14 years old when his father passed away and his older brother Verley and he had to do the farm duties.

    Lolen had six brothers and two sisters.
    His oldest brother was name Verley Dungey 1905-1983,
    Lolen was the 2nd child then Manuel Dungey born 1908, Marquerite Dungey 1910-1935,
    Arthur born in 1911
    Albert born in 1915, Lewis (Louie) Dungey Jr. 1917, Flossie M. Dungey 1918 and Warren G. Dungey 1921-1921 he died as a baby. Lolen named his only son after his brother Warren.

    Lolen was 73 years old when he passed away at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI while being a resident at 417 S. O’Keefe St. Cassopolis, MI. He was a cemet construction worker for Keith and Riley Construction Company and he lived between Cassopolis County and Kalamazoo for a number of years. At the time of his passing surviving was a son Warren Dungey Sr. of Kalamazoo, two grandchildren Warren Jr. and Wanda and a brother Verley Dungey of Cassopolis, MI. Funeral services were held at Connelly Funeral home and he was buried at Chain Lake Cemetery.

    Lolen was 6'1 and weight about 220lbs. He had straight brown hair and very thin lips. . He ran for maintance superintendent for the Village of Vandalia in March 28, 1974 and was elected. A picture was posted in the Cassopolis Vigilant newspaper in 1974. He dedicated his whole life to his wife, son and his grandchildren. He was the 2nd oldest in his family out of nine children. He was raised on a farm. He loved to hunt and fish. Later in life after his son (Warren Dungey Sr.) got a divorce he ended up raising his grandchildren Warren Dungey Jr. and Wanda. Lolen raised his son and grandchildren to have a positive work ethic.

    In the early 1970's he owned 40 acres of farm land in Vandalia, MI. He taught my brother and myself which was his grandchild about farming and driving standard shift trucks, and tractors. He taught his grandchildren how to shoot guns on the farm. He knew the art of flipping houses for a profit. He was an extremely good all-around handy man. Lolen didn’t believe in children in grown people conversations and he also supervised what his grandchildren watched on TV.

    Lolen funeral services was at Connelly Funeral and Interment in Chain Lake Cemetery in Cassopolis, MI.

    Written by granddaughter Wanda (Dungey) Thurmond 03-05-2012
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • From left to right My mother-in-law Magnolia Thurmond, Alfred, me and my dad and my grandma dungey was on that side of me also.

    My Wedding

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    One of the happiest day of my life. I married the love of my life. The day I got married to Alfred L. Thurmond Sr. at Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My dad also standing behind me.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Moving to Detroit, Michigan

    Detroit, Michigan
    My job was downsizing in Kalamazoo so I decided I would transfer to another job in Detroit, MI. I was not happy in my marriage also. When they called me about the job I moved and stayed with my friend Jean and Mrs Lucas until I got my own apartment. I liked that there was always something to do. I went to Pistons basketball games, concerts, but the cashier that worked in the stores has no customer service.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Ashford and Simpson Concert

    Auburn Hills, Michigan
    My friend Monique came up from Indiana and my friend Emily and Gina all went to the concert. It was at Pine Knob outdoor concert. We had a blast! My first concert and it was Monique 24th birthday and I was 25 years old. We have been friends since high school. Tickets cost $15.00.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My car accident

    Detroit, Michigan
    My car accident that I had on the freeway and my car went under a semi that jack knifed in front of me. This is the day that I called on God. I said please God help me. And God save my life that day and I was promised him that I would serve him the rest of my life. Thank you God and the angel that told the truck driver that he was dragging my car underneath the semi. This is the day that I changed my life and stop going to clubs and dancing and start going to church and serving God
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Kool Festival

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    My friends, Monique, Gina, Emily and I all drove down to Cincinnati, Ohio to this outdoor concert. Tickets cost us 18.50 each.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Shelly Lyn Dungey was born

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Shelly was born at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My oldest brother Warren Dungey's daughter and her mom name is Linda Lindsey and Shelly had a older sister name Rosie Lee Lindsey. Grandma Dungey came to help them for a couple of days and I was so proud I became a Aunt.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    The year I became a mother to Shelly

    Detroit, Michigan
    Shelley's mother was unable to care for Shelly and her sister Rosalie. At the time my brother Warren was in jail t. Things got so bad and went to court. And my grandma Dungey my dad and I decided that I would take custody of Shelley and raise her as my daughter.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Got reconnected with my mother

    Chicago, Illinois
    My dad called me and said my mother's side of the family was looking for me. I hadn't saw my mother since I was eight years old and I was now 29 years old. My mother and I got reconnected I was so happy to get to know my mother, I had younger brother name James Jr. and a stepfather James Ware Sr. I really enjoyed our visits. My great grandmother Lola Sconyers was still living also I was so surprised.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My 30th birthday party and good times

    Detroit, Michigan
    These are a couple of pictures of my friends Monique, Emily, Gina, Joan and my two cousins when we were going out dancing to the clubs and on a trip in Ohio. Back then I love to go out dancing.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Christmas of 1991

    Detroit, Michigan
    This is one of the best Christmas Shelly and I had. My friend Melvin bought me this real Christmas tree and it was 6ft tall and already decorated in pink bows and frosted and had lights on it. All I had to do was plug it up.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My maternal great grandmother Lola Sconyers passed

    Chicago, Illinois
    My great grandma Lola Sconyers was my mothers grandmother that lived in Chicago, IL with her son Uncle James Sconyers she was the one that told me cousin Lynn Earl to find me and my brother and he did. She got me connect back together with my mother. I had three great years with her before she passed.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My father Warren H. Dungey Sr. passed

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I was living in Detroit, Michigan at this time. I was at Ameritech telephone company working and I got a emergency call from Moma Snell that my dad had passed that day. I left work and packed Shelly and my things and came to Kalamazoo to make his arrangements and help Grandma Dungey she took it hard. Moma Snell was with me every step of the way. She knew I needed the support. I created a www.findagrave.com for my dad and moma Alma Lee (Coleman) Snell.

    Mother Beatrice (Curtis) Dungey she died when Warren was nine months old. Warrens father Lolen got remarried a couple of years later to his stepmom Eunice Wanda (Brown) Dungey.

    Warren was an only child.

    Warren was born and raised in Cass County, Michigan and he graduated from Cassopolis High School in 1953. He married Barbara (Flowers) Ware and she currently lives in the Chicago, IL area.

    Warren and Barbara Jean (Flowers) Dungey had two children Warren H. Dungey Jr. was born in 1956 and Wanda R. Dungey was born in 1960. He named his son after him and his daughter after his stepmother that raised him.

    His parents were married 43 years. He had a car accident in approx 1964 and lost most of his left arm. When Warren and Barbara got a divorced he owned a small house on the south side of Kalamazoo and he got custody of his two children. A year later his parents bought the house next to him and me and my brother ran between both houses during the day. It was like heaven.

    My dad enjoyed his beers after he got off from work at the paper factory in his favorite chair. Some weekends he would put on his dress clothes and go out to the bars dancing and having drinks with friends. He also likes to play cards spades was one of his favorite games.

    My dad always took me and my brother to the local parks and he told me wise things about men and how NOT to be taken advantage of. My dad was the first man to give me a kiss and hold my hand.

    My dad became a grandfather on Nov 3, 1986 to a beautiful baby girl name Shelly Lyn Dungey. They had alot of fun and he loved her dearly. They had six years together.

    Warren and myself love and thank you dad for all the things that you taught us. One day we will see you again. Love Wanda and Warren Dungey.

    My dad's funeral was at Harper funeral home in Kalamazoo and Interment at Fort Custer Cemetery.

    Written by Warrens daughter Wanda Dungey Thurmond 04-01-2011
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trips and fun times with Shelly

    Detroit, Michigan
    I always did fun things with Shelly like her ballet dance classes, swimming classes at the YMCA. We would also go to children plays downtown Detroit on Saturdays. Shelly loved holidays and when we lived in Detroit we would spent Thanksgiving and Christmas between Kalamazoo with Grandma Dungey and in Chicago with my mom. We would fly by plane if there was good deals to Chicago and catch Amtrak from Detroit to Kalamazoo in the winter. Shelly also loved to dress up for Halloween. She always wanted to be something pretty. Shelly and I don't like roller coasters when we went to Six flags in Illinois but we did like the water rides.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida Trip

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    My friend Kenny and I went on a road trip to Florida. Longest Ride I ever took I will never go in a car to Florida again.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My Grandma Dungey 80th birthday

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    The party was at Northwind Apartments on Douglas Street in Kalamazoo Michigan where grandma lived in the community room. We invited all her neighbors and friends and family from Kalamazoo, Detroit Cassopolis, in Chicago. Our family in Chicago didn't make the birthday
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Moved back from Detroit to Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I like Kalamazoo a lot better than I ever like to Detroit. I was 36 years old and Shelly was 10 years old and my job in Detroit was downsizing then and laying off people. So I took a test for a customer service representative at the telephone company in Kalamazoo and relocated back to my home town. The company paid for my moving expenses.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Moved from Kalamazoo to Smyrna, Georgia

    I was working at Arvco Container and I wanted to move to Atlanta, GA area. My friend Monique was volunteering at a nursing home at Auburn Breeze Nursing home and she got connections to get Grandma Dungey in right away so I moved her first. Then came back to Kalamazoo and gave my job a two weeks notice.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    I did a play about my friend Monique for her 41st birthday

    Smyrna, Georgia
    My friend Monique was turning 41 years old and I wanted to do something special for her. So I told her that I was going to do a play about her life story. So I asked our friend Wand to be Jeanette her aunt and we had two rehearsals. I also asked my cousin Lynn Earl to play her stepfather he was coming from Tacoma, WA. My friend Kirk was visiting also from Michigan. Monique taped the play and it is on VHS. That's when I discovered that I liked acting. I picked some of Monique's favorite songs and I did the play from my perspective. She enjoyed it and laughed even. Here are a few pictures of good times in Atlanta with my friend Monique.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My stepfather James Ware Sr. passed away

    Chicago, Illinois
    I really enjoyed my stepfather he was a private investigator and he loves music like I did. He liked blues and would get up and dance in his front room. We would dance together when I would visit. My stepfather James I called him "Pops" treated me like a child of his own. I spoke at his funeral about how I have three fathers, God, my father Warren Dungey and Pops. I got saved a couple months before he passed I joined World Changers church with Dr. Creflo Dollar.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Moved from Smyrna, Georgia back to Kalamazoo, Michigan

    I learned something about myself living in the Atlanta area that I was a small town girl and I don't want to spend a lot of time in my car traveling from one side of town to another. You could spend up to 30 minutes. 30 minutes in Kalamazoo and you are out of Kalamazoo on the highway. I also moved back because I got engaged to Kirk Davis and we took premarital counseling at Christian Life Center in Kalamazoo Michigan things didn't work out and we didn't get married.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Meet some more cousins Lori, Kay, Priscilla and Fred Miller

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I went to Virginia baby shower and meet Lori, and her mom Priscilla. Priscilla maiden name and her father was Mason Dungey and we are cousins. I was so happy to meet more of my cousins.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 3

    Shellys senior prom

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Shelly got her hair, nails and pedicure done and went to her highschool prom by herself. She had a blast!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Shelly graduation and open house

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Shelly graduated from high school at Kalamazoo Central High School and we had a open house for her at Old Country Buffet in Portage in their private room. Shelly's grandmother Virginia Lindsey came and her friend Jackie and her mom, Miss Iola and our friend Jean Winifield.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My friend Joyce and her family

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    One of the best years of my life when I met Joyce Bonner and her family. Joyce has one sister and one brother. Joyce's mom and me used to go to the Goodwill store about once a week and out to have ice cream. I am a caretaker for her brother William Reed. And I think of him as a brother also.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My Aunt Almeta Phillistine (Williams) Buchanan passed

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I got reconnect with my Aunt Almeta Phillistine Buchanan in my late 20's, which was my mother's (Barbara J. Ware) younger sister in 1989. I always called her Phillistine was her choice. But sometimes I would call her Aunt Phillistine by nature. She lived in Chicago, IL downtown in a high-rise building off of 48th street and Lake Park . Out her big picture window you could see Lake Shore Drive and on a cool summer evening you could feel the wind across the lake through her windows. When we first got reconnect she would take me out at night to the nightclubs to dance. She taught me how to do the electric slide dance.
    My Aunt was a classy career woman, who loved her fur coats and fine clothes. She was not a very outgoing person. But she had a lot of hospitality if you came into her home. She was a tall lady that walked down those streets in Chicago with a lot of pride and dignity in her neighborhood.

    She was raised by a single mother in Chicago so she knew what it was like to struggle. Her mother died when she was finishing high school. So my Aunt also told me that she was going to college to make something of herself and get a good job. She worked for a large insurance company downtown Chicago and in her later years for Chicago Archdiocese corporate office.

    When I went to Chicago to see my family, I mostly would stay with Aunt Phillistine we were like "two peas in a pod," as people would say. I would wake up in the morning smelling home cooked bacon in the black iron skillet. And if she didn't cook supper we would go out to a nice restaurant with good food. We loved to eat Italian ice and Italian beef sandwiches. Aunt Phillistine liked her sandwich dipped in the beef juice. We also would go to the best barbecue rib joints in Chicago. For desert we would have a strawberry shortcake cake that Jewels grocery store sells. My aunt was a clean housekeeper if she drops something on the kitchen floor she would mop it up right then and there. Every room in her apartment was pink carpet and white furniture. Her apartment looked a home in the Better Homes and Garden Magazine. When she would clean up she would listen to Sam Cook her was one of her favorite singers or her praise music. We went with our cousin Crystal one year to see Ojays in concert in Indiana area, we had a blast!

    Aunt Phillistine gave her life to Christ and joined church "Salem Baptist Church of Chicago" with Pastor James Meeks. When the doctors told her that her cancer was spreading and she was in the last stages. I went to Chicago and got her and she agreed to relocated to Borgress nursing home in Kalamazoo
    MI. where my grandmother Eunice Dungey was at the time. Aunt Phillistine didn't like it she said "Eunice gets around better then me and I am 40 years younger." The cancer was taking a toll on her. So I agreed to let her move in with me. A few months later she passed away in my home with cancer.

    By then Phillistine was a resident of Kalamazoo and so her creamation was done in Kalamazoo.

    Her family and friends had a gravesite service on March 18, 2006 with a pastor from her church and her remains are buried in Lincoln Cemetery in Chicago, IL. The same day we have her afterwards was her cousin Creed Thomas funeral in Chicago, IL.

    I miss her so much. Rest in heaven until we meet again.

    Written by her niece Wanda Dungey Thurmond on Feb 22 2017
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip to Tacoma, Washington to see my cousin Lynn Earl

    Tacoma, Washington
    I flew from Kalamazoo Michigan to Tacoma Washington to see one of my favorite cousins Lynn Earl sconyers. He treated me like a queen while I was out in Tacoma Washington we had a blast
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Road Trip with Moma Snell to Tennessee

    Nashville, Tennessee
    Moma Snell, my friend Joyce and I went on a road trip to Nashville to see Billy Snell and Humbolt, Tennessee to see Joyce family.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip to San Diego, Hollywood and Beverly Hills, California

    San Diego, California
    Went on trip with my friend Joyce to see our friend Joyce W and her cousin Pam and site seeing. Our friend Joyce W. was having a surprise 60th birthday party and Joyce and I was the surprise. We came out dancing at her party to the song 'I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo by Glenn Millers. We also went to Sea World and enjoyed the dolphin show.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Jonathan Warren born

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    This is one of the happiest days of my life when I became a grandmother and Jonathan Warren Dungey-Bryan was born at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the morning.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Celebrating Grandma Dungey 93rd birthday

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Every year I celebrated my Grandma Dungey birthday with her. She loved flowers her favorite was tulips and chocolate covered cherries. This year our friend Diane went with me. She was a Christian lady and she taught my brother and Warren bible scriptures and she taught us how to pray. I am Grandma Eunice Wanda Dungey namesake. I am glad I didn't get the Eunice part.

    Eunice Wanda Dungey was an only child. She was born and raised in the small village of Vandalia, Michigan. She married Lolen Dungey in 1937. He was a widower with a young son named Warren H. Dungey Sr. Eunice didn’t have any biological children of her own but raised Warren as her own and also Warren Jr. and Wanda.

    Eunice Dungey she was one of the kindest women I’ve ever known. She had a heart of gold, a warm smile, a quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor, with a laugh that always made others laugh with her. She had silky auburn hair that she liked to dye her hair to cover her gray in her later years, bright eyes and smooth skin. She was a beautiful and modest lady, inside and out. She was real head-turner in her younger days her husband said.

    She used to love to read the Bible and often wrote letters, always including scriptures, to her granddaughter Wanda. She taught scriptures to her grandchildren when they were young. Her favorite one was Psalm 23.

    Rarely did she have a bad day, or at least she didn’t show it and that was only when she was physically ill. Even when she lost her mother and husband two weeks apart. She hung onto her faith in God. She had the kind of joy in her heart that can only come from above.

    Eunice hummed to herself when she felt uncomfortable and she hummed when she was really happy too, something I’m learning to do too. Whether the atmosphere was filled with sunshine or clouds, she kept a song in her heart.

    I hope to be like her in my later years, with plenty of joking remarks, love, and laughter to share, no matter what the weather was. It didn’t take much to make her happy and she never complained.

    She is such a sweet, sweet spirit and though she’s no longer here with us, her spirit lives on in the pieces of her soul that she shared with us through her kindness, her smile, and her laughter.

    When God and his angels called her home she was 93 years old and was currently living in Borgess Nursing Home in Kalamazoo, MI her homecoming celebration was at Harper Funeral Home and Pastor Ervin Armstrong at Christian Life Center did the eulogy and she was buried at Chain Lake Cemetery in Cassopolis, MI next to her husband (Lolen) that she had been married to for 43 years. Lolen passed away in 1980 and her son Warren Dungey Sr. passed in 1992. She had two grandchildren Warren Dungey Jr and Wanda. She had one great-granddaughter, Shelly Dungey and a great-great-grandson, Jonathan Dungey-Bryan.

    Written by granddaughter Wanda (Dungey) Thurmond and friend Monique on March 6, 2012
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Started working at Bronson Hospital

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I work in the Bronson Information Referral Center and I answer phones and page out any codes or emergencies they have at the hospital. I love my job! Here are a few of my coworkers.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • My favorite picture of my Grandma Dungey at Christmas Time.

    Grandma Eunice Wanda (Brown) Dungey passed

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I was at work when I got the call that Grandma Dungey had passed. I was upset but I know she was going to heaven and I was at peace with that. She had a full life she was 93 years old when she passed. Here is some information and history that my friend Monique and I wrote about Grandma Dungey. I created a lifeposts.com for her.

    Eunice Wanda Dungey was an only child. She was born and raised in the small village of Vandalia, Michigan. She married Lolen Dungey in 1937. He was a widower with a young son named Warren H. Dungey Sr. Eunice didn’t have any biological children of her own but raised Warren as her own and also Warren Jr. and Wanda.

    Eunice Dungey she was one of the kindest women I’ve ever known. She had a heart of gold, a warm smile, a quick wit, and wonderful sense of humor, with a laugh that always made others laugh with her. She had silky auburn hair that she liked to dye her hair to cover her gray in her later years, bright eyes and smooth skin. She was a beautiful and modest lady, inside and out. She was real head-turner in her younger days her husband said.

    She used to love to read the Bible and often wrote letters, always including scriptures, to her granddaughter Wanda. She taught scriptures to her grandchildren when they were young. Her favorite one was Psalm 23.

    Rarely did she have a bad day, or at least she didn’t show it and that was only when she was physically ill. Even when she lost her mother and husband two weeks apart. She hung onto her faith in God. She had the kind of joy in her heart that can only come from above.

    Eunice hummed to herself when she felt uncomfortable and she hummed when she was really happy too, something I’m learning to do too. Whether the atmosphere was filled with sunshine or clouds, she kept a song in her heart.

    I hope to be like her in my later years, with plenty of joking remarks, love, and laughter to share, no matter what the weather was. It didn’t take much to make her happy and she never complained.

    She is such a sweet, sweet spirit and though she’s no longer here with us, her spirit lives on in the pieces of her soul that she shared with us through her kindness, her smile, and her laughter.

    When God and his angels called her home she was 93 years old and was currently living in Borgess Nursing Home in Kalamazoo, MI her homecoming celebration was at Harper Funeral Home and Pastor Ervin Armstrong at Christian Life Center did the eulogy and she was buried at Chain Lake Cemetery in Cassopolis, MI next to her husband (Lolen) that she had been married to for 43 years. Lolen passed away in 1980 and her son Warren Dungey Sr. passed in 1992. She had two grandchildren Warren Dungey Jr and Wanda. She had one great-granddaughter, Shelly Dungey and a great-great-grandson, Jonathan Dungey-Bryan.

    Written by granddaughter Wanda (Dungey) Thurmond and friend Monique on March 6, 2012
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Good times with my friends

    The Lord has blessed me with some great friends in life. Some friends in life you win and some you lose. My grade school friend Wendy Stewart, my highschool friend Monique, My friend Jean Winfield, Candi and Emily, My friend Ruth, My friend Kay, My friend Amy, Melissa, My friend Carol, Diane and my two friends named Joyce.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Wanda pictures

    Pictures that I took years ago my glamour shots, a couple of pictures of me and the hat that my friend Joyce gave me from her mother and a couple of pictures of me enjoying the large santa in downtown Kalamazoo.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Good times with my family

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I love my family reunions with my cousins and traveling with them.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My sister Alma Marie Snell 50th birthday

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    My sister Marie Snell is a couple years older than me. We meet and was raised together when I was about 12 years old.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Meet Luis, Amy and Syrianna Rivera and our good times

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Shelly was unable to take care of Jonathan so we were trying to find a couple to take care of Jonathan. Luis and Amy Rivera was looking to adopt another child. Luis already had four daughters. Here is a couple of recent pictures of Amy and me having fun since I have known her. They had adopted Syrianna and I fell in love with her also so said I will be a surrogate grandma to her.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Georgia Aquarium

    Atlanta, Georgia
    This was my first time going to a Aquarium and I went with a guy friend while I was visiting my friend Monique and Jeanette. This is the largest Aquarium USA. It was build in Nov 2005 and it has over 100,000 animals. I had a good time but I wasn't impressed.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Women's Retreat Shipshewana, Indiana

    I remember it was a nice sunny weekend for a women retreat. We took a horse and buggy tour to see how the amish people lived and had a great dinner downtown. When we cam back to the cabin the girls decided to a new way to get ear wax out of your ear. It worked but I wouldn't try it at home.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Fun times with Virginia Lindsey (Shelly maternal Grandma)

    kalamazoo, Michigan
    What I especially loved about Shelly's grandmother Virginia was that she never gave up on Shelly. She continue to love Shelly like a granddaughter even tho I had custody of Shelly. She treated me like a family member also. We celebrated holidays with her and especially her birthdays.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Jonathan parents Travis and Catherine.

    Alto, Michigan
    We found Jonathan parents Travis and Catherine they live in a small village name Alto, Michigan. Every Christmas I asked that they come to my house and celebrate and they do. Here are some of my favorite pictures and good times with them.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip Michael Jackson birth-home he passed away

    Gary, Indiana
    I also went back the next year to see the Michael Jackson monument in the yard of his birth home in Gary, IN. My friend Joyce went to school with him and lived in his neighborhood. RIP Michael Jackson The King of Pop. I am definitely a fan of his music.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip to San Diego, California

    San Diego, California
    Me and my friend Joyce Bonner second trip to San Diego California to see our friends.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Play "The Color Purple."

    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    My friend Joyce Bonner and I went to see a Broadway play at DeVos Performance Hall called "The Color Purple." in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We paid $55.00 for our tickets. We really enjoyed it!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Meet alot of Curtis cousins

    Cassopolis, Michigan
    My cousin Mabel got information on a Curtis/Stewart reunion in Cassopolis, Michigan. We went and it was huge the Stewart one was about 200 people. They have games and hayrides and everyone brings a dish. People come from all over to the outdoor family reunion on Robert Curtis property he has about 50 acres and a huge yard. I am so glad we meet everyone.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Interested In genealogy

    Cassopolis, Michigan
    One of my cousins Jesse that lived in Lansing, Michigan contacted me in 2004 and we had a meeting in Cassopolis, MI with other cousins and he made me a family tree. Then when I meet a lot of my Curtis cousins in Cassopolis, MI I helped with family trees information on www.ancestry.com. In 2012 I was looking in www.findagrave.com for my father's information and his side of the family and they weren't all there so I created a account and added them and my mothers side of the family. So the last couple of years I take photos in my favorite cemetery in Kalamazoo, MI called Riverside. I have taken over 4, 000 photos and put them on www.findagrave.com. I love genealogy!
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Visiting Michael Jackson birth Home

    Gary, Indiana
    I am definitely a Michael Jackson fan and my friend Joyce grew up around the corner from the Jacksons. So she went with me to see his monument when he passed away. A couple of my favorite songs are Billie Jean, Bad, and Black or White.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip to San Francisco, California

    San Francisco, California
    My friend Joyce and I went to a trip to San Francisco, CA to see her friend and she worked for the local news station and so Joyce and I took a picture there and we also went to the Aquarium there and eat shrimp two days in row and also saw the Alcatraz Island from afar. It is in the middle of the ocean.
    Wanda Thurmond
    My third Aquarium I went to was in San Francisco with my friend Joyce. Joyce wanted to go see Alcatraz prison but I didn't. So when she got in line they told her they were all sold out and so we decided to go to the Aquarium of the Bay with me. They had 300 feet tunnel surrounded by bay rays and leopard sharks. I also leared that jelly fish have no heart, brain or bones and their bodies move by the ocean currents. We had a great time.
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    My brother Warren surprised 55 year old birthday

    Galesburg, Michigan
    I planned a surprised birthday party for my brother one day earlier than his birthday. Moma Snell went, my friend Joyce and Kirk went. Shelly, Warren and I took a picture.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Underground Railroad Society of Cass County

    Vandalia, Michigan
    My cousin Cheryl and I a couple of days before our family reunion in Cassopolis we went to The James E. Bonine House and did a tour where the keep the slaves passing through. The website is www.urscc.org.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My 53rd Birthday with my grandchildren

    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    I spent my birthday with four of my grandchildren, Travis and Catherine at a pizza place in Grand Rapids, MI. My grandson Jonathan came home and spent the night with me. A great birthday!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My daughter Shelly 27th birthday party

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Shelly friends want to give her a birthday party and I was the surprise. I ended up buying all the food which was ok with me. She had a blast and I was still a surprise!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My 54th and 57th birthday celebration Syrianna and Amy gave me

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I was visiting and going to my granddaughter Syrianna dance performance and I was staying the night and they stopped at the store and got a happy birthday balloon and decorations for me birthday. We had pizza and Amy and Syrianna made me a cake also. Three years later they celebrated with me again.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    Ft Lauderdale, Florida
    My friends Joyce and Amanda, and I went to Fr. Lauderdale, Florida by plane from Kalamazoo to Detroit onto to Florida.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Road Trip with my cousin Priscilla to Nasville, Tennessee

    Nashville, Tennessee
    My cousin Priscilla and I took a road trip from Kalamazoo to Nashville, TN. I did most of the driving. We went to see her daughter Kay, and two grandson, Wayne and Jeremy. Wayne and Carlene was having a baby.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Tennessee Aquarium

    Chattanooga, Tennessee
    I was visiting my friends Monique and Jeanette in Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga was a half way point to meet my cousin Kay Clark. So I drove and meet her at the Tennessee Aquarium it opened in 1992 and is located on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. This is my 4th aquarium and I said it was the best one I have been to yet! I enjoyed seeing the penguins and alligators. We had a ball!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Road trip to Hampton, Virginia

    Hampton, Virginia
    I took a road trip with my friends Dalton, Joyce and myself to Hampton, Virginia. We took the Peninsula turnpike and it has a lot of curves. Dalton went fishing and we went to Aquarium and the Virginia beach. This is my fourth aquarium I have been to and it has over 10,000 animals represented and 300 species. There was a dinosaur exhibit that was awesome! We were going to go to the Zoo but it was about 95 degrees when we were there so we decided on the aquarium because they have air conditioning and it was about 20 minutes from our hotel. We had a blast!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Family Reunions Kalamazoo and Cassopolis, Michigan

    Cassopolis, Michigan
    I love going to my family Salters reunions here in Kalamazoo and my family Curtis reunions in Cassopolis, Michigan
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Legoland and Sealife Aquarium

    Auburn Hills, Michigan
    I took a road trip with Amy and my granddaughter Syrianna and her friend Kendall and then back with my friends Pat, Zavonne and my grandson Jonathan. This was my fifth aquarium that I have been too. It was small but located in Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall that also had LEGOLAND Discovery Center and a rainforest café restaurant. You can touch amazing rock creatures like sea stars and lobsters.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Road trip to Lake Leelanau, Michigan

    Lake Leelanau, Michigan
    My coworker Ione invited Pat and me and her three grandchildren up north to her cabin in Lake Leelanau. We stayed two nights and two days. She took us to the beach and also to Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was a big hill to climb my friends all did. I sat at the bottom and read a book.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Celebrated my mom's Barbara Ware birthday

    Elgin, Illinois
    I rode with my friend Ruth to Chicago to see her sister and we also planned to stop to see my mom and I bought her a cake before I left Kalamazoo, Michigan. My brother knew we were coming but it was a surprise for mom.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My grand daughters Brianna and Logan birthdays and celebrations

    Lowell, Michigan
    I love the time that I have with my granddaughters.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My friend Amy Rivera birthday

    Lakeview, Michigan
    My granddaughter Syrianna had a surprise birthday party for her mom and she invited people and made all the plans. Order the pizza and we picked up the cake and decorations.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My friend Vonetta Davis surprise 60th birthday party

    Merrien, Indiana
    My friend Vonetta (Bonine) Davis husband was having a surprise birthday party for her and Joyce, Junior, Dalton, Anna and I was going in Anna van and we got stuck and it was bad weather outside and we got lost but we left early so we got there about 10 minutes early. It was a blessing when we got stuck and man in a pick up truck and some neighbors got us unstuck because when we called the tow truck they said 1 hour and we would of been late for the party. She was so surprised she cried.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Momma Alma (Coleman) Snell passed away

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Another one of the hardest days of my life. I was sleeping and got a phone call early one morning and it was my sister Marie Snell telling me that our mother had passed away . I jumped up and put my clothes on and went to the hospice center to meet with the family. I also called my oldest brother Warren to tell him and send a cab for him to also come to the hospice center and be with us. I was sad for us that we had lost her. But happy for her because she was no longer in pain and up in heaven with her family.

    My dad Warren H. Dungey Sr. started dating Alma when I was 12 years old in 1972. I fell in love with her because she had eight children and she would take us to the park and skating. She always had love for more like me and my brother Warren. We have another angel watching over us.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    My friend Ms. Lucas 100th birthday party

    Livonia, Michigan
    I didn't know how the weather was going to be so I rode the Amtrak there and back. It turned out it was a nice sunny day and no snow on the ground. It was on a Saturday at a Burton Manor at 2777 Schoolcraft Road Livonia, MI. We had a buffet dinner and people came from all over. President Obama even wrote her a letter saying Happy Birthday. Her homemade, macaroni and cheese, pound cake and sweet potato pies are delicious. Here is a poem that her family shared with us.
    Dear Lord, I am 100 and there's much I haven't done. I hope dear Lord, you
    let me live until I'm 101.
    But if I haven't finished all I want to do, would you please let me stay awhile until I'm 102?
    So many places I want to go, so much I want to see, do you think you could manage to make it 103?
    Many things I may have done, but there's so much left in store I'd like it very much to live to 104. And if by then I'm still alive, then I'd like to stay to 105.
    The world is changing very fast, so I'd really like to stick and see what happens to the world when I'm 106.
    I know, dear Lord, it's a lot to ask, and it will be nice in heaven, but I'd really like to stay around until I'm 107.
    I know by then I won't be fast and sometimes I'll be late, but it would be oh so pleasant to be around at 108.
    I will have seen so many things and had a wonderful time, ,so, I'm sure that I'll be willing to leave at 109. (well-maybe)
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Walking Hiking Trails

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    My friend Kay and I did our first walking trail at the Nature Center, then at Spring Valley and Kalamazoo River Trail and Lillian Anderson on west main. My friend Kay and I first summer walking trails, we saw a deer and a snake last summer. I love walking on the trails reminds me of the country and when me and my brother Warren would walk in the woods in Vandalia, MI. I won't go by myself for security reasons.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Sojourner Truth and Underground Railroad Sculpture

    Battle creek, Michigan
    My friend Kay went to Battle Creek, Michigan to see the Sjourner Truth sculpture and the Underground Railroad Sculpture.

    The following is the original 1851 report by Marcus Robinson.

    One of the most unique and interesting speeches of the convention was made by Sojourner Truth, an emancipated slave. It is impossible to transfer it to paper, or convey any adequate idea of the effect it produced upon the audience. Those only can appreciate it who saw her powerful form, her whole-souled, earnest gesture, and listened to her strong and truthful tones. She came forward to the platform and addressing the President said with great simplicity: "May I say a few words?" Receiving an affirmative answer, she proceeded:

    I want to say a few words about this matter. I am a woman's rights. I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? I have heard much about the sexes being equal. I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now. As for intellect, all I can say is, if a woman have a pint, and a man a quart -- why can't she have her little pint full? You need not be afraid to give us our rights for fear we will take too much, -- for we can't take more than our pint'll hold. The poor men seems to be all in confusion, and don't know what to do. Why children, if you have woman's rights, give it to her and you will feel better. You will have your own rights, and they won't be so much trouble. I can't read, but I can hear. I have heard the bible and have learned that Eve caused man to sin. Well, if woman upset the world, do give her a chance to set it right side up again. The Lady has spoken about Jesus, how he never spurned woman from him, and she was right. When Lazarus died, Mary and Martha came to him with faith and love and besought him to raise their brother. And Jesus wept and Lazarus came forth. And how came Jesus into the world? Through God who created him and the woman who bore him. Man, where was your part? But the women are coming up blessed be God and a few of the men are coming up with them. But man is in a tight place, the poor slave is on him, woman is coming on him, he is surely between a hawk and a buzzard.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Visiting South Haven, Michigan

    South Haven, Michigan
    My friend Kay and I went on a sunny day. We took a picnic basket and spent the day and had fun. We also meet Kay's friend Tina that evening she came from Benton Harbor.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Good times with my Snell family

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    My Snell family and I celebrated Vincent Snell on Fathers day in June 2017. He is a single father of three girls and a boy. He is a GREAT father! In Feb 2018 my sister Marie Snell turned 60 years old and she had a surprised party. Aunt Mae and sister Barbara came from Texas.
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Trip to Fair Oaks Farm

    Fair Oaks, Indiana
    My friends, Joyce, Anna, Junior and Dalton drove to spend the night with Joyce sister Bonnie and then the next day we all went to Fair Oaks Farm. We had a blast!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    2018 Kalamazoo Flood

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I remember it didn't effect my neighborhood because I live on a high ground. But I would drive around before I went to work at the hospital so I could give directions if someone needed it. Downtown Kalamazoo sits in a valley.

    Flooded Michigan road plays host to kayaks, jet skis
    By Ben Hooper Contact the Author | Feb. 25, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Southwest Michigan residents took advantage of flood conditions from an overflowing river by taking to the streets in kayaks and jet skis.

    The City of Kalamazoo warned residents of heavy flooding in areas near downtown due to the overflowing Kalamazoo River, which was measured Friday at 11.25 feet, surpassing the 1947 record of 10.94 feet.

    Residents took advantage of particularly deep floodwaters submerging one road in the city on Saturday by traversing the street in kayaks and jet skis.

    Members of the Kalamazoo Paddle Club were photographed Saturday using their kayaks to cross Riverview Drive on their way to Arcadia Brewing for a drink.

    "We've already been downtown. We started over at ROI and went all the way to the hospital. We actually kind of helped a delivery truck get into the hospital which was kind of cool," club member Tyler Morgan told WWMT-TV.

    Residents also captured video on Saturday of daredevils on jet skis performing tricks at the Michigan Avenue/Riverview Drive viaduct, which received some of the worst of the flooding. Witnesses said they could see at least one car fully submerged under the viaduct.

    The flooding is expected to begin receding Sunday, but officials warned that traffic congestion is likely to continue into the days ahead.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • My 58th Birthday

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    It was a nice sunny day. I had lunch with my brother Warren and my daughter Shelly at Finleys. My brother Odell surprised me and said he cooked dinner for me and to come over about 5pm. He had chicken spaghetti and a great big salad over Ms. White house. My sister Stephanie was still recovering from her surgery. Afterwards, I went to the library to hear about history events in Michigan and my friend Kay and I had ice cream at Culvers that night. Fun filled day! No pictures that is not like me!
    By Wanda Thurmond
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    Pince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding in London on TV

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I got up at 6am in the morning to watch the Royal wedding with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I also watch Prince Charles and Diana long time ago also. See photos

    The American Princess: Meghan Markle's Remarkable Path to Royalty
    By Craig Donofrio on May 13, 2018

    Thirty-six-year-old Meghan Markle made history as the first biracial woman to become a princess (at least, in modern memory — more on that later) when she married Prince Harry on May 19.

    The couple has been a media sensation since 2016. So just who is Meghan Markle? Where did she come from and how did this American girl find a British prince?

    Find out this and more with these 19 facts about Markle’s path to royalty.
    While Prince Harry’s ancestors battled over kingdoms, Markle’s were enslaved to plantation work in Jonesboro, Georgia.

    According to The Times, Meghan’s earliest ancestor can be traced back to 1830 to a man by the name of Richard Ragland, who lived as a slave near Jonesboro.

    Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland (who is black), still carries the family name. Doria and Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle (who is white), divorced when Meghan was 6 years old.
    Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles as Rachel Meghan Markle. Her father was an accomplished lighting director who would bring her to the set after school. For 10 years, her father worked on the set of “Married…with Children,” and little Markle would go from her straight-laced Catholic private school to the set of the 90s’ raunchiest shows.

    “‘There were a lot of times my dad would say, ‘Meg, why don't you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-color for your 11-year-old eyes,’” Markle told Esquire.

    She wasn’t allowed to watch the show at home.
    In 1990, Markle’s father, Thomas, won the California State lottery, which paid out a sizable $750,000. Tom used the money to pay off his child’s schooling at Immaculate Heart Catholic School, a prestigious academy that cost $16,000 a year.

    The lottery also paid for Markel’s college education at Northwestern University.
    Markle’s feminist activism started early. She first appeared on screen in 1993 when Nick News picked up a story about a young 11-year-old trying to get a Procter & Gamble commercial to stop being sexist. The commercial advertised Ivory dish soap, and was clearly directed at women.

    While panning over a sink overflowing with dirty dishes, the narrator says, “Women are fighting greasy pots and pans with Ivory dish soap” all over America. Annoyed by this, Markle wrote to anyone who might listen, including Hilary Clinton and Proctor & Gamble itself.

    The crazy thing is, it worked. The corporation changed the commercial, switching out “women” with “people.”

    “If you see something you don’t like or are offended by on television or any other place, write letters and send them to the right people and you can really make a difference,” the 11-year-old Markle said.

    Ironically, a woman who started a letter-writing boycott campaign in 1989 to get people to stop watching “Married… With Children” arguably lead to the show growing even more popular.At 13, Markle got her first job at a yogurt store called Humphrey Yogart, which is the best yogurt shop name of all time.

    She was paid $4 an hour to scoop ice cream and take out the trash on weekends.

    Her next job would jumpstart her lifelong passion for charitable work and giving back.
    The next job young Markle took on was charity work. And it wasn’t just any easy wok, it was serving food at soup kitchens at Skid Row.

    “I was 13 years old, and the first day I felt really scared. I was young, and it was rough and raw down there, and though I was with a great volunteer group, I just felt overwhelmed. I remember one of my mentors (Mrs. Maria Pollia) told me that ‘life is about putting others' needs above your own fears.' That has always stayed with me,” Markle told the Daily Mail.
    According to some experts, Markle isn’t the first biracial person to enter into Britain’s royal bloodline. There’s an argument that it was Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, who was the first biracial royal family member.

    According to the Washington Post, some historians believe Queen Charlotte “was directly descended from a black branch of the Portuguese royal family: Alfonso III and his concubine, Ouruana, a black Moor.” The Post goes on to say that following Charlotte’s death in 1818, she passed on her Moorish roots all the way up to the current Queen Elizabeth II.

    Does the royal family care as much as all those Twitter trolls and racists? Nope. A Buckingham Palace spokesman told The Boston Globe, “This has been rumored for years and years. It is a matter of history, and frankly, we’ve got far more important things to talk about.”
    Apparently, Harry and Markle met via the scrupulous decision of the Prince’s childhood friend, Violet von Westenholz because the Prince was having a difficult time finding true love, according to E!.

    Westenholz and Markle met through some PR work with the fashion corporation Ralph Lauren, and set the two up for a blind date in summer of 2016.
    Meghan Markle is worth around $5 million, a purse which contains her $450,000 yearly earnings from “Suits” and about $80,000 per-year earnings from sponsorships and endorsements.

    Prince Harry is worth between $25 million and $40 million, so when the two tie the knot (no prenup here), the couple will be worth at least $30 million, according to Business Insider.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 8

    Shedd's Aquarium

    Chicago, Illinois
    My friend Pat Baker and her three grandchildren, Jonathan and myself went on a Amtrak train from Kalamazoo to Chicago and then took a cab to Shedd's Aquarium, had lunch there, and spent the day at the Aquarium. It was Jonathan and Zarrianna first train ride. We also saw a dolphin show that was awesome! This is my six aquarium that I have been to and it was my favorite one. It is huge! It open its door in 1930 and it is the first inland aquarium to display a permanent collection of saltwater fishes.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 4

    Meeting my friend Mina from Iran

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    My friend Carol and I was out walking one evening and we meet a lady name Mina she is from Iran. Carol started talking to her and she took her into her house and we exchanged phone number and became friends. Friday June 8, 2018 we went to Costo shopping and had lunch together. Today June 11, 2018 she cooked lunch for me and we went to Riverside cemetery she wanted to see. In her country after 30 years you can use the plot again not in the United States.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 5

    Bethel Cemetery in Cassopolis, Michigan flooded

    Cassopolis, Michigan
    Bethel cemetery has been washed out by flooding, exposing graves in Michigan’s Cass County, following heavy rains on Saturday, June 9th, 2018. Thunderstorms brought three to four inches of rain in the evening and into the night on that date, according to Weather.com.

    My cousins and I was just down there a couple weeks ago decorating our great-grandparents and families Graves for Memorial Day . Thank God it didn't affect my great grandparents Luther and Susan (Coker) Curtis gravesite I talked to a couple of my cousins in the area. See attached pictures. This hasn't happen ever that we know of. There are tombstones there from 1841.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • My brother Warren had catract surgery

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    My brother has not ever had surgery and now he is 62 years old and has to have cataract surgery on both of his eyes. I had picked my grandson Jonathan up that morning and we picked Warren up and he had surgery that morning at Bronson Hospital. He had outpatient surgery and got to go home. His eye is doing well and now tomorrow June 27, 2018 he is having his left eye done.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 4

    Mabel Salters Birthday Pool Party

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    My cousin Mabel Salters (I Call her Aunt Barbara) had a birthday pool party at Hampton Inn here in Kalamazoo and I went this year. She had one last year also. My first pool party. We had a blast.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Jesus Loves KZOO

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    One Sunday my friend Kay and I was going to the library and it was closed. I go to do www.findagrave.com new information online and she reads. So we heard music over in Bronson Park and so we walked over. It was a Christian group playing Christian music and we had a great time. At the end they asked people to join with people and pray so my friend Kay and I did. I left my backpack in the chair next to me. After we got through praying my backpack was gone. I was like oh no! my work badge and keys are in that backpack. I had my wallet and car keys in my pocket. So a guy that was praying with us said go tell security. I said because when the person sees that there is no money or smart phone/laptop in the backpack they will probably throw it in the garbage. So I told security and my friend Kay and I started walking around to see if we could see it. We didn't so we were getting ready to leave and security said make a police report. So I did, then my friend Kay said lets walk around one more time. When we did someone left it near the section of the park we were at and all the zippers were open but nothing was missing. We started jumping up and down dancing and thanking Jesus for returning it to me! Praise God he is always good to me!
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 4

    Patti LaBelle and Babyface concert

    Detroit, Michigan
    My friend Wendy Stewart invited me to go with her to this concert. It was at Chene Park in Detroit, Michigan. It is a waterfront Amphitheater with 5,000 seats facing the Detroit river. We left about 2:30pm and it took about 2 1/2 hours to get there by car. We had a bunch at a Chinese Restaurant downtown Detroit and then went onto the concert. We got home about 2am in the morning. We had a ball! Babyface opened the concert and he is 60 yeas old and Patti LaBelle is about 74 years old. They are R&B Singers. My favorite song Patti sings is "On my own." My favorite babyface song is "Simple Days." He didn't sing it and my second favorite is "For the Cool in you." I haven't been to a concert in 10 years last two was Christian concerts Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans here in Kalamazoo at Stones Church.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • 7

    Tunnel Park and Holland lighthouse

    Holland, Michigan
    A lady told my friend Kay about this park and so we decided we would go this Friday fun evening. It was a raining afternoon but the heavy rain God held off until we were on our way back to Kalamazoo. It was raining real heavy so I had to slow down to about 50 miles an hour on the highway coming home. We fell in love with the park. It has a playground, and tables to have a picnic at and a great beach area. Then we drove down the street about a mile to see the Holland lighthouse.
    By Wanda Thurmond
  • Things I remember

    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Wax coke Bottle candy
    Metal lunchboxes
    Metal ice cub trays
    Soda pop machines with glass bottles
    party line telephone lines
    33 & 45 Records
    Candy Cigarettes
    Drive in Movie Threaters
    By Wanda Thurmond