Monday, November 12, 2012

A forgotten member of the Maybelline Family can at last Rest in Peace.

If you've read my book The Maybelline Story, you may remember the story about my father's half brother Tony who was killed in a motorcycle accident on his 21st Birthday.  Well for 63 years his grave has remained unmarked and his memory almost forgotten until now.
Marilyn (Diddy) Williams/Haines and Tony Williams/Shaver
Like a miracle we have found Tony's unmarked grave and I'm happy to say that several members of the Maybelline family, including the Noel James Williams family, the Mabel Williams/Hewes family, the Eva Williams/Haines Family and of course my family, the Preston Williams family, have come together to honor our lost angel by ordering a marker and finally acknowledging him as a beloved member of our family. 
After an hour of searching for Tony Williams-Shaver's grave my sister Donna, my cousin Ann Louise and I found it tucked under a beautiful Pine Tree in the old section of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City.  It was without a doubt the coldest, windiest day I can remember in California and I believe Tony's Spirit was dancing with Joy in the wind, as his long lost relatives not only visited him, but now honor his memory and hold him dear in their hearts. 

If you'd like to see Tony's spot just click on the video.  The marker will be placed hopefully by Christmas Eve and at that point we will visit Tony again and document his beautiful memory plaque. 

If you want to know more about my uncle Tony and why his grave remained unmarked for 63 years, you'll have to read my book!!!

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Tony's marker was placed November 15, shortly after our first visit and yes he was buried under the big Pine tree.

My sister Donna corrects my faux Pas!!!  Sorry about that.

View from Tony's grave at twilight in Culver City California.


Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony

Here is a typical petition, as found on the back of a Saint Anthony holy card:
Unfailing Prayer to Saint Anthony Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.  O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety.

Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the saint of Miracles.

O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, 
and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.
Amen. (Say 13 Paters, Aves, and Glorias)

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