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Volunteer of the Month - November/December 2002

Lexi has been in touch with me through the website since I started in March, 2000. When I asked for contributions from researchers, Lexi stepped up immediately and sent me a remarkable collection of family obituaries, photos, and other wonderful documents inherited from her grandfather and others in her assorted family lines. Lexi has made great progress in her research not only because she is willing to do the footwork and ask the hard questions, but also because she is willing to share her information with "long-lost" family members and other researchers. An excellent example of "what goes around, comes around", Lexi has made an art of sharing and helping. She is an inspirational researcher and an even better volunteer. Thanks Lexi, for going the extra mile to "give back better than you get". --Susan Anderson, September, 2002
Lexi Romero
Lexi's Bio

I was born in the Ogallala Community Hospital right after it was built on May 12, 1954 and was raised in the town of Ogallala. I met and married my husband Miguel Romero, another native of the Brule/Ogallala area in 1973, and will have been married 29 years in December of this year. We have 4 children: 3 girls and 1 son whom we lost to cancer and is now resting with his Grandma Romero in Ogallala Cemetery. Although we now live in Oregon, our roots are in Nebraska.

I would have to say that my love for the history of my family came from my Grandmother Pernesa Matthews, who was the daughter & grand-daughter of some of the first pioneers in the Keith/Arthur/Perkins Counties area. My father was in the military the first 13 years of my life, and so my mother and us six children lived with Grandma. I can recall the stories and the love she had for her home in the Sandhills. I had a close relationship with her, so it seemed only natural to learn all about her and her life in those early days.

I started my search my years ago but it wasn't until the last of 1999 or early 2000 that I came across the Keith County, Nebraska webpage. Through it I have met several cousins and reacquainted with other ones. Thanks to this webpage, my cousins Shirley (Matthews) Armour and Donna Matthews, and I have accumulated some 500 names to our family lineages Matthews/Mannon, Rice/ Wilson, Ketchum/Neely to name just a few. --Lexi Romero, November, 2002

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