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  1. Nora Babb, who died in 1976, was my grandma. I was in the Air Force, 7 months pregnant, and the powers that be would not authorize me to fly home to attend her funeral. I know she was laid to rest in a small cemetery out in the country in Wayne County, MO. I also know she was a Lewis (her husband died) before she married my grandpa Babb. So, I think you have found her for me. Can you get me directions to her gravesite? All I recall is that it was out in the “boonies” on a gravel road. I would sincerely appreciate it if you could help me.

    Many thanks,

    Diane Lewis

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      Hi Diane! I found the picture of the stone and will be updating this post with the pictures (I don’t know why they are not here or where they went???) – I’ll also drop you an email with this response.

      Anyway, since before I was born, this cemetery was surrounded by property my grandpa owned. He passed away in June 2013 and his children sold the farm. I don’t know who owns it now, however, you have every right to visit that cemetery, no matter the owner. I will post directions. Grandpa had installed a gate after the brown house that is probably still there, you can see the cemetery up the road straight ahead from there. If it is locked, talk to the local sheriff’s department. The law states that you can be escorted by a sheriff if the owner of the surrounding property will not let you visit the cemetery.

      The hard part is that I don’t know the name of the road. But we were coming from the North so we would take Hwy 67 south to Hwy 34 and make a right on that then follow to the road which is another right. There is a church at that road you’re almost in their parking lot when making the turn, and there’s an almost immediate bridge over the creek right there. If you get to Piedmont, you’ve gone too far, but it is in between Piedmont and Patterson. heck, if you get to the drive-in, you’ve gone too far.

      Now, with that said, this map should take you to a very close satellite view of the cemetery: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lebanon+Church/@37.1982498,…
      It’s hard to tell in the satellite and it’s not marked on the map but it’s surrounded by trees and you can see the barn there. If you move south, you’ll see the brown house on the left.

      So take that right by what the map calls Lebanon Church (I never remembered the name and thought it had “Missionary” in it so that’s why I didn’t name it before) and just go straight back.

      I think you can safely say you’ve found her here. Her image is DSC_0167.jpg. Please let me know if you’re able to find the cemetery and what you find there. I haven’t been out there in over 2 years now, of course, I personally don’t have any one buried here but I do miss the farm.

      GOOD LUCK!!

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      Finally got the photos to upload – your grandmother is first in the gallery.

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