Thursday at the Cemetery #40 ~ Mount Tabor Cemetery ~ Odessa, Missouri part 4

This week I will be featuring this Cemetery that is located about 36 miles east of Kansas City, MO. I was working on one of my lines when I came across several ancestors that were buried here. Once I went to Find-A-Grave, I discovered that I had a total of 20 family members from both my paternal and maternal lines! So, for the next few weeks I will be honoring each one here. I will post their headstone (if there is one) and a short bio about them.

The Mount Tabor Cemetery is located south central Lafayette County, southeast of Odessa, Missouri. The cemetery is behind the Mount Tabor Methodist Church which was founded in 1873. There are over 1,300 graves there and many do not have headstones, several of them are my relatives.

Ruby Pauline Couch, my paternal 2nd cousin, was born January 19, 1929, in Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was the 2nd of 8 children born to George Couch (1900-1958) and Elsie Mae Willard (1906-1997). In 1953 she married Ernest Young (1927-2015) and they had one son. After their divorce she married Donald G, Elliott and the had 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters. At various times of her life, she had owned a beauty shop in Lake Lotawana, Missouri, sold real estate in Denver, Colorado, was a deli manager at Albertson Grocery, and was an antique dealer in Greenwood, Missouri for 30 years. She enjoyed traveling, painting, golfing, and bowling. She died on April 11, 2019, in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri at the age of 90.

Robert Franklin Couch, my paternal 2nd cousin, was born July 18, 1931, in Mayview, Lafayette County, Missouri. He was the 3rd of 8 children born to George Couch (1900-1958) and Elsie Mae Willard (1906-1997). He married Shirley R. Withrow (1931) on September 26, 1953, in Independence, Lafayette County, Missouri, and they never had any children. Robert was a machinist. He died on December 15, 1987, at the age of 56.

George Ennis, is my maternal 1st cousin 5x removed, in 1810, in Warren County, Kentucky. He was the 5th of 11 children born to John Ennis III (1775-1840) and Rachel Campbell (1778-1820). He married Rebecca Cole (1817-1894) on April 27, 1834, in Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 5 children, 2 sons, and 3 daughters. George was a farmer. George died on January 1, 1855, in Lafayette County, Missouri at the age of 56.

Robert Warren Page, my maternal 3rd Great Uncle, was born on February 19, 1847 in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri. He was the 8th of 9 children born to Richard Fountain Page (1815-1852) and Margaret Richey (1814-1890). He married Lula C. Richey (1859-1908) on May 7, 1885, in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. They had 7 children 3 of whom died at birth. The surviving were 3 sons, and 1 daughter. Richard was a farmer owning a large farm outside Dover. He died on April 27, 1810, in Washington, Lafayette County, Missouri, at the age of 63.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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