I Never Knew . . . .

As a kid growing up, I knew very few of my cousins.  In fact, I can recall meeting just three of them, all on my mother’s side, before I turned eighteen years old.  This was a consequence of the fact that our military family lived in places far away from where my parents grew up.  I used to wonder sometimes if I could be passing by some cousin walking down the street and not even know it.

Since I began genealogical research about eight years ago, I’ve met many cousins online and in person, near and far removed (yes, that does have a double meaning).  And that has only increased my belief that some relative is always nearby, whether one knows it or not.

On Monday, 27 December 2010, I learned that my cousin Candy Gines had lived for several years just a few miles from me. I had met her just once, years ago back in our ancestral homeland of Kansas City. I would have eagerly welcomed the chance to get to know her.

Althea “Candy” Gines passed away on Monday, 27 December 2010 in Sacramento, California. She was in her fifties.   She leaves two adult children, Brian and Christina, and is also survived here by a nephew, Christopher.


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