Sunday, January 17, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2021 (Week 2): Family Legend

 Amy Johnson Crow from Generations Cafe is again hosting the blog writing prompt this year called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2021.  I'm going to try to participate more fully this year.  I like that she gives us "permission" to interpret the prompt however we wish and share it however we wish.  It doesn't have to be a blog post; it could be a family video, a letter to a child or grandchild, an e-mail, etc.  

The Theme for Week 2 (Jan 11-17) is Family Legend. 

John Russell Tapley (1917-1967), a/k/a Russ, a/k/a Uncle Russ (to me) was my father's brother.  He was the second oldest child (of 6) of Nealie Drake Tapley and the sixth child (of 10) of Lusion Keman Tapley.  

From the stories I have been told through the years from my dad, my other uncles, my mom, my cousin, Ronnie, etc., it is obvious that Russ was a force to be reckoned with from the time he was a child.  He was mischievous, and I am sure that Grandma Nealie wanted to pull her hair out at times at his antics.  

By the time he was a teenager, he was big and strong, and definitely had his own mind.  I think he was the only one brave enough to run from his mother.  Whether he didn't want to do what Nealie told him at that moment or he simply had done something that he needed to be punished for, he would take off running across the fields.  Nealie would tell his brother, Dorsey, to go bring him back.  Now Dorsey could catch up with Russ, no problem.  However, he couldn't talk Russ into coming back.  This put Dorsey in an impossible position because if he laid a hand on his brother, Russ would beat him.  But if he came back to his mother without Russ, Nealie would beat him.  I think he just kept running with Russ, begging him to come back.  LOL.  

So Russ wouldn't get his punishment... that particular day.  Grandma Nealie would warn the kids that they would get it - when they least expected it.  Sure enough, it might be two weeks later, she would set the alarm to get up in the middle of the night.  She would get a switch and go into Russ's room, which he shared the room and the bed with Dorsey, and she would just start bringing that switch down on Russ while he was asleep.  Remember I mentioned how strong he was?  Well, he managed to grab the mattress on both sides and flip it over to protect himself from the blows.  Unfortunately, Dorsey would get dumped out and all the lashes fell on him.   LOL.

To be a big boy like he was, Russ was also nimble.  Nealie would get after  him and he would run across the room and jump behind the piano.  It sat across the corner of the room.  He would grab both sides and hold it so no one could pull the piano out.  LOL.

I have always wondered how long before Grandma Nealie just gave up.  Probably shaking her head.  

Around 1941, Uncle Russ, along with Nealie, my father, and their sister, Irene, moved to Jacksonville, Florida.  I do not know the reason, but I can theorize that it was for better job opportunities.  They were sharecroppers in Johnson County, Georgia. Two of Grandma Nealie's brothers lived in Jacksonville and perhaps encouraged the move.  They may have even offered to teach Uncle Russ construction.  He became a carpenter and was a really good one.

Then in 1942, when Russ was 25 years old, he was drafted into the Army and sent to fight in World War II.  I was able to get his DD 214 and this is how they described Russ when he was discharged in 1944:  He had blue eyes, red hair, and a ruddy complexion.  He was 5 foot, 11 1/4 inches in height.  His character was Excellent.  He completed 1 year, 11 months, and 18 days of service.  He was in the infantry and took part in the Italian Campaign in June 1944.   He earned a Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star. He was only in Europe for three months.  He was given an honorable discharge.  

What the paperwork doesn't say is the hell Russ went through and the horrors he saw over there.  He was discharged because he suffered from PTSD (shell shocked they called it then).  For all his strength, Russ was tenderhearted and a peacemaker.  I am sure he could not reconcile this with the terrible things that he saw happen during combat.  I've been told that he never spoke of his time in the war.  

While Russ was away, his mother, Irene, and my dad, Gilbert, moved back to Kite, Georgia.  Again, I am sure it was a money issue since they depended on Uncle Russ for support, and he wasn't there.  While back in Kite, my dad got into some trouble and ended up in juvenile for 14 months.  When he got out, he went to Macon and stayed with his oldest brother, James "Fella."  

When Russ was discharged in October of 1944, he came through Macon and picked up my dad on his way back to Jacksonville. They went to work in construction and Nealie joined them at some point.

In 1946, Russ married the love of his life, Elizabeth Taylor.  Thankfully, she was of the same mind as him about family because there was almost always someone visiting or staying with them.  Their door was wide open.  They were never able to have children of their own so they spoiled the nieces and nephews.  If anyone was made to be a father, it would have been Russ, but instead he served as the father-figure for many of the children in the family.  Several of them stayed with him at one time or another.  Ronnie lived with him as a teenager.  My cousin, Jackie, that just passed away last weekend, stayed with them for awhile.  All of the children spent time over there at one time or another. 

 Russ was a fun uncle.  He was happy-go-lucky.  Always telling jokes and seeing the funny in any situation. He had a parakeet named Budgie that he could train to say anything.  Unfortunately a lot of what Budgie learned was cuss words, and if the kids tried to touch him, he would cuss them out!  Russ loved kids, animals, and a good steak!  He also loved his recliner (or chair as it was probably called back then).

Russ was the peacemaker in the family.  If there was conflict between any of the siblings, he was the one that got it smoothed over.  He was a kind man and just naturally drew people to him. I've been told it is hard to describe that quality he had, but everyone just felt it.  Oh, he had the Tapley temper, but it would blow over.  My cousin, Ronnie, did not grow up in a good situation, and he says he doesn't know what would have happened to him if Russ had not taken him in.  He said that living with Uncle Russ and Aunt Elizabeth was the only place that felt like a normal family situation for him.  Everyone loved Uncle Russ.  He was the glue that held our particular Tapley family together.  That became obvious after he passed away.

What about me?  Was Uncle Russ good to me, too?  Unfortunately, I was never given the chance to find out.  I was born on June 16, 1967.  (I'm a good 20 years younger than all of my first cousins.)  We were living in Augusta at the time, so Daddy called Russ to tell him about me.  Uncle Russ was ready to get in the car right then and drive 5-6 hours to see me.  However, Uncle Russ had experienced health problems for a few years, and all of the Tapleys have heart trouble, so Daddy told him it was too hot for him to drive up in his car, which did not have a/c.  He told him to wait and get Dorsey (who also lived in the Jacksonville area) to drive him up in his air conditioned car.  Sadly, that day didn't come.

Uncle Russ turned 50 on July 5, 1967.  Five days later, on the 10th, he suffered a massive heart attack and died instantly.  The news sent shock waves throughout the family.  Grandma Nealie was never the same.  She basically gave up after his death.  She died only 3 years later - on July 4th.  All of the siblings were hurting.  All of the nieces and nephews were, too.  Ronnie still wells up with tears whenever he tries to talk about it.  I am sure that Powell's Chapel church was overflowing the day of his funeral.  I was even there that day, at only about 4-5 weeks old.  My mom says it was so hot in the church, and I just wouldn't stop crying.  So my cousin, Joann, took me outside and calmed me until the funeral was over.

After Uncle Russ passed, things were never the same again.  Aunt Elizabeth remarried and none of the males of the family liked it.  Siblings had falling outs and didn't speak to each other for years.  No one got together anymore.  So it is no understatement to say he was the glue that held this family together.  Without him, they were lost.  He left a void that no one else could fill.  When Dorsey and my dad neared the end of their lives, they talked a lot about being ready to see Russ again.  I grew up hearing stories about him, and always have said that if there was one person who I would like to meet, it would be him.  He was a constant presence in our lives, but he was no longer the safety net.  

Russ was definitely the Tapley's family legend.  

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Our "Academy of Genealogy and Family History" (AGFH) Nominees

 From Randy (my newest cousin discovery!!) over at Genea-Musings:

it's Saturday Night 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

(1)  Does anyone recall the Academy of Genealogy and Family History (AGFH) awards from back in the 2008-2012 time frame, hosted by Jasia on Creative gene? Genea-bloggers would nominate blog entries in different categories, and Jasia would collect all of them with links to each blogger's post.  The bloggers selected their own posts for nominations.

(2) This week, let us nominate the "best" posts from 2020 that we wrote in these categories:

*  Best Picture (a photograph)
* Best Screenplay (a story)
* Best Documentary (a series)
* Best Biography
* Best Comedy

(3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook.  

Here's mine:

* Best Picture (a photograph):

This picture was taken of me circa 1972-1973 in Swainsboro,  Georgia at my Pop Pop's house (Charles Morgan Tapley).  He is probably the one who bought me the fridge.  I don't remember much, but I do know I thoroughly enjoyed playing with that fridge.  This was my choice for Best Picture for 2020 because I was young and cute then and was having a great time.  

* Best Screenplay (a story):

Disaster is a blog post I wrote for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  It is the story about my paternal grandparents, Lusion K Tapley and Nealie Drake Tapley, losing their farm during the Great Depression.  

* Best Documentary (a series):

The series I started in September 2020, Time Capsule Tuesdays, requires the most research and seems to be a favorite of my readers.  I cover what was going on in the United States on a family member's birth date, date of death, or anniversary.  The first one I did was February 9, 1883, my great-grandmother's, Bessie Carter Ranney, date of birth.   

* Best Biography:

I wrote a post for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks about my maternal grandmother, Nealie Drake Tapley, called Strong Woman.  It's my favorite of the posts I wrote about an individual ancestor last year.  

* Best Comedy:

The only comedy I included on my blog was my favorite Christmas Song:  Ray Stevens' "Santa Claus Is Watching You" from another Saturday Night Genealogy Post, Blog Caroling.  It is pretty funny through.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

A Time Line for William Lovick Drake

Family Search sent me another email today with a timeline for one of my ancestors.  This time it was for my Great Uncle, William Lovick Drake.  

This is my connection to William Lovick Drake:

Liz (that's me!)


Gilbert Earl Tapley, 1928-2008 (my father)


Nealie Vermell Drake Tapley, 1895-1970 (my grandmother)


her brother, 

William Lovick Drake, 1892-1912 (my great-uncle)

Time Line for the life of William Lovick Drake 


Age 0



02 Oct 1892

Emanuel County, Georgia


Age 1

Historical Event

The Last Public Hanging in Georgia was on 28 Sep 1893. The General Assembly prohibited public executions in December 1893. Prior to this law, Georgians commonly traveled to witness scheduled public executions.



Age 7



Historical Event

Trading Wildlife. This law prohibits trade in wildlife, fish, and plants that have been taken, possessed, transported, or sold illegally.



Age 7


Lothair, Zaidee, Montgomery County, Georgia



Age 13



Historical Event

The Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 occurred on the evening of September 22 through September 24. A newspaper reported the rapes of four white women by African American men. Fueled by pre-existing racial tensions, these reports enraged white men who then arranged gangs to attack African American men. Over the next few days, several thousand white men joined in and in the end, 26 people were killed and many were injured.



Age 17


Emanuel County, Georgia




Age 20


William Lovick Drake passed away on 17 Dec 1912 in Emanuel County, Georgia of Typhoid Fever. 




Lovick was buried on 20 Dec 1912 at Poplar Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, Adrian, Johnson County, Georgia


 As you can see in his obituary, Typhoid Fever swept through the family that year, but only Lovick and his oldest sister, Hattie Drake Wise (1884-1912) did not survive.  However, it must have been unimaginably hard to lose two children within five months of each other.  The obituary even mentions that the family suffered for seven months after Lovick's death.  From all that I have seen, Lovick was a good boy who was probably headed into a career in the ministry like his father, and his death so young was a tragedy.

(Please note that the obituary states Lovick's birthday as September 2, but his headstone and all other records I have seen state October 2.)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Time Capsule Tuesday


Today is my Aunt Evelyn's 89th birthday.  She was born January 12, 1932.  She is my mother's sister; the only aunt I have left.  So let's see what was going on the year she was born.

January 12, 1932 was a Tuesday (just like this year!).  Also, 1932 was a leap year.

In the United States, the most popular baby name is Betty.  This name was given to 34,411 baby girls.  For the boys, it is Robert. This name was recorded 59,259 times in the year 1932.

The generation born between 1928 and 1945 is called the Silent Generation.  This generation was comparatively small because the Great Depression and World War II caused people to have fewer children. The generation was so named because it was mostly silent; it did not issue manifestoes, make speeches or carry posters.  They tended to be thrifty and even miserly.  They were about "working within the system." They kept their heads down and worked hard. They preferred to play it safe.

The President of the United States was Herbert C. Hoover.  The Vice President was Charles Curtis.

In 1932 the economy continued to deteriorate and unemployment increased to 24.1%.  There were few jobs and many ordinary Americans were forced into living in the streets or in old cars. Toward the end of the year in November, the American voter used the power of Democracy to show Herbert Hoover what they thought of his term of presidency during these bad times and voted strongly in favor of Franklin D. Roosevelt by 472 electoral votes to 59. 

Also in 1932, Al Capone was convicted for income tax evasion.  Amelia Earhart becomes the first female aviator to successfully fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Mahatma Gandhi goes on a hunger strike. Sydney Harbor Bridge opens.

The 1930s as a whole saw dust storms, the growth of shanty towns caused by the Great Depression, and what many consider an upside down world were bank robbers were seen as heroes, not villains.  

Historical Events on January 12, 1932

Hattie W. Caraway was elected the first woman senator (D-Arkansas).

Phillip Barry's "Animal Kingdom" premieres in New York City.

1932 Prices

Bread:  $0.07/loaf

Milk: $0.43/gal

Eggs:  $0.51/dozen

Car: $540

Gas: $0.18/gal

House: $6,515

Stamp: $0.03/each

Average Income: $1,431/year

Top Songs for 1932:

Louisiana Hayride by Howard Dietz

April in Paris by E. G. Harburg

Three's a Crowd by Al Dubin

Willow Weep for Me by Irving Berlin

 Top Books in 1932:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Selected Essays, 1917-1932 by T. S. Eliot

Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer

Light in August by William Faulkner

Academy Award Winners of 1932:

Best Picture:  Grand Hotel, produced by MGM

Best Actor: Fredric March in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Best Actress: Helen Hayes in Sin of Madelon Claudet 

People Born on January 12:

1737 - John Hancock, patriot (First to sign the Declaration of Independence)

1876 - Jack London, writer/socialist (Call of the Wild)

1906 - Tex Ritter, country singer (5 Start Jubilee, The Wayward Wind)

1951 - Kirstie Allen, actress (Star Trek II, Cheers)


 The People History, 

Wikipedia: Silent Generation,

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Do You Take After Your Parents and/or Grandparents?

 From Randy (my newest cousin discovery!!) over at Genea-Musings:

it's Saturday Night 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

(1)  What do you take after or favor from your parents and/or grandparents? It could be looks, traits, mannerisms, speech, etc.

(2) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook.  

Psssst.... I suggested this topic to Randy.  Oh the pressure!

Here's mine:

(1)  Well, let's just start with my mother.  We look just alike.  She has actually had folks come up to her in the grocery store and ask her if she was my mother!  
         My mother as a baby.                                                                       Me as a baby.

I got her nose.  I also got her hair: thick, blonde as a baby and mousy brown as an adult with lots of gray mixed in as we got older.  

My being overweight is a trait shared with 3 generations of my mom's family before me.  Also is suffering from depression.

I am soft-hearted like her.  My kind, nice, sweet side definitely comes from her.  (Remember, I'm a Gemini so I have two sides!)

My hands look just hers.  I got my eye color from her.  I'm clumsy like her.  I have started choking for no reason just like her!  I got my independent streak from her.  I also think I got my sense of humor from her.  I also got her willingness to work hard.

I got my love of reading from my mom.  Also, a love of traveling and seeing new places.  Best of all, I got my love of animals from my mother. 

(2) Now, let's take a look at my dad.


I got that Tapley high forehead from him.  And perhaps the shape of my eyes.  You can't tell from these pictures, but I got my height from him.  He used to say that I reminded him of his mother, Nealie Drake Tapley, in the way I walked.  

I got my mean side from him.  My temper.  The anger and paranoia I got from him.  My tendency to be loud (which everyone thinks is me yelling)... that's from him.  Unfortunately, I also inherited his habit of being really hard on people and expecting a lot from them, and judging them when they didn't meet his standards.  

I start a project, get sidetracked to another project, and then get bored with the second project, so I jump to a third project.  Meanwhile nothing gets finished.  That I definitely got from him.  

There's a certain mannerism - the way he would hold his hand to his chin and run his finger back and forth over his mouth when he was doing some deep thinking - that I have caught myself doing.  

I got my love of story telling from my dad.  I use clichés like he did.  Very southern clichés.  "One thing always leads to something else." "White on rice" "burn the candle at both ends" "That takes the cake" "Who's skinning this cat?" "Katie barred the door" "Talk till you're blue in the face" "still waters run deep" "Wash one's hands of" something.   

(3)  My maternal grandparents:

From Pop Pop, I think I got his love of genealogy and perhaps his love of photography.  

(4)  My paternal grandparents:

I never knew my paternal grandfather and my Grandma Nealie died when I was 3.  So I really don't know what all I might have gotten from them.  

I know my height came from Grandma Nealie through my father to me.  Papa Lusion Tapley was very tall himself.  

Grandma was a strong woman who worked very, very hard.  I like think I got some of that from her.  

We are a product of our ancestors in many, many ways.  I'm OK with that... and proud.

Friday, January 8, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2021 (Week 1): Beginnings

 Amy Johnson Crow from Generations Cafe is again hosting the blog writing prompt this year called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2021.  I'm going to try to participate more fully this year.  I like that she gives us "permission" to interpret the prompt however we wish and share it however we wish.  It doesn't have to be a blog post; it could be a family video, a letter to a child or grandchild, an e-mail, etc.  

The Theme for Week 1 (Jan 1-10) is Beginnings.  I want to share the beginning of my love of genealogy and family research.  

My maternal grandfather ("Pop Pop"), Charles Morgan Tapley (1907-1973), passed away when I was only 6 years old.  I definitely did get enough time with him.  However, he left behind a steno pad full of genealogy research that sparked my interest in family history, and here I am 47 years later, still loving it and doing research almost every day.  

Of course, I still have the steno pad.  I keep it locked in a safe.  It is one of my most prized possessions.  It is made even more special since it is in his handwriting.

Here are images of a few of the pages from his steno pad  As you can see, at some point, probably when I was a pre-teen or teenager, I started adding to his research!  

Pop Pop's Family Sheet

His father's, Lusion Keman Tapley, Family Sheet

       His paternal grandfather's, James Madison Tapley, Family Sheet

 His maternal grandfather's, George Schwalls (my brick wall!!), Family Sheet  

Then at some point, I started making my own legal pad sheets, and evidently doing research on my own!  This was definitely before the time of computers!

Prior to 1977, Robert E Drake, M.D. - "Dr. Bob" - sent my father a preliminary outline of a book about the Drakes he was writing and asked that my father fill in the blanks on his family.  Well, of course, my father ignored it and had no intention of helping Dr. Bob with his research.  It seems I took it over and sent the information requested back myself.  I still have in my possession a wonderful letter from Dr. Bob dated March 12, 1980, where he told me it "is wonderful you are interested in genealogy" and offering to take notes on Tapley information he discovered in his research travels.  He was obviously a very kind man to entertain the giddiness and ignorance of a 13 year old girl.  

Then in the late 1980's, Ray Tapley contacted my family about the book he was writing about the Tapleys in Georgia.  Ray and I corresponded by mail and talked on the phone several times.  I helped him with the information about our line of Tapleys, and once his book was published, he gave me a copy as a thank you for my help.  He was another very kind and generous researcher.

So that is my beginnings in doing genealogy research.  I have an unfailing interest in my families and where and how my ancestors lived. I have no desire to write a book, but I will share my research with a library one day so it will hopefully spark someone else's interest in genealogy.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

A Time Line for Catherine Odom

 Family Search sent me an email today with a timeline for my 2nd great-grandmother, Catherine Odom Harrell.  This is interesting information, and I thought it would make an excellent blog post.  I support any way to get my family stories out there.

This is my connection to Catherine Odom Harrell:

Liz (that's me!)


Gilbert Earl Tapley, 1928-2008 (my father)


Nealie Vermell Drake Tapley, 1895-1970 (my grandmother)


Emma Vermell Harrell Drake, 1867-1935 (my great-grandmother)


Catherine M Odom Harrell, 1841-1875 (my 2nd great-grandmother)

Time Line for the life of Catherine M. Odom Harrell  


Age 0



26 Jul 1841

Emanuel County, Georgia


Age 5

Historical Event

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War, including California and New Mexico.



Age 9



Emanuel County, Georgia

Bet. 1858-1859

Age 17-18


31 Dec 1857

Married Lawson Y. Riner (1837-1863)



Age 19



Emanuel County, Georgia



Age 19

Birth of Child

Roan Perry Riner was born in 1860 in Johnson County, Georgia.



Age 20

Historical Event

Civil War: “Some 11,000 Georgians gave their lives in defense of their state - a state that suffered immense destruction. But war’s end brought about an even more dramatic figure to tell: 460,000 African-Americans were set free from the shackles of slavery to begin new lives as free people.”



Age 21

Death of Spouse

Lawson Y. Riner died in a hospital in Richmond, Virginia on 11 Jan 1863.



Age 21

Historical Event

The Battle at Gettysburg

01 Jul 1863 - 03 Jul 1863

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.



Age 23

Historical Event

Arlington Cemetery

 “Arlington Cemetery is a military cemetery. It was originally a plantation owned by George Washington Parke Custis. This is the location of Robert E. Lee, 16,000 Civil War soldiers, William Howard Taft, John, Jackie, Robert, and Edward Kennedy. The tomb of the unknown soldier is also located here it was dedicated on November 11, 1921. It contains the remains of those soldiers unknown from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.”



Age 24

Marriage (2nd)

Married William Robert Harrell on 21 Dec 1865



Age 26

Birth of Child

Emma Vermell Harrell was born 04 Sep 1867 in Emanuel County, Georgia.



Age 27

Historical Event

The Fourteenth Amendment

“As one of the Reconstruction Amendments, the Fourteenth Amendment addresses the rights and protections that all citizens of the United States have. The amendment also limits actions of state and local officials in all states.”



Age 28

Birth of Child

Nancy Jane Harrell was born 10 Dec 1869.


Age 29

Historical Event

The Fifteenth Amendment

“Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.”



Age 29

Death of Parent

Her father, Elijah Samuel Odom (1816-1870) passed away at the age of 53.



Age 32

Birth of Child

James Milledge Harrell was born in 1873 in Emanuel County, Georgia.



Age 34

Historical Event

A New Civil Rights Act

“During the response to civil rights violations to African Americans, the bill was passed giving African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and to prohibit exclusion from jury duty. While many in the public opposed this law, the African Americans greatly favored it.”



Age 34


Catherine M Odom Harrell passed away on 11 Sep 1875 in Emanuel County, Georgia.




Harrell Cemetery

Norristown Junction, Emanuel County, Georgia

 Interesting stuff, right?  Thank you, Family Search, for the idea and the historical event information.  (All items in quotation marks are directly from the Family Search time line they sent me.)  Our dates didn't always align, but I worked it out.  

I do not know what took Catherine's life so young.  As her obituary says, she left 4 small children.

I cannot even imagine being 21 years old, in the middle of a civil war, with a small child, and finding out that your husband has been killed.  Then when the war finally ended, getting a second chance at happiness with a new husband and 3 more little ones, just to have it all snatched away at 34.  Obviously, she touched many people's lives during her short time on this earth.