Fun day – Part 3- cemetery

Probably not fun for most people, but I was so pleased to be able to do this again.

My great-grandmother is buried in Waco and I’d been able to visit her grave in the 1990’s when Chuck was alive.  Have wanted to go back since then.  This was the first time #2 son had been (his great-great grandmother).

She was only 45 years old when she died.  They had relocated from Guntersville to Texas “for her health” and family always said she died of ‘consumption”.  Probably tuberculosis as that was rampant during that period.  They were quite wealthy and so her monument was not difficult to find – one of the really big ones in the cemetery.

It’s such a beautiful old cemetery with huge trees and truly interesting monuments.

Maybe not a ‘fun day’ for some, but I was truly blessed to be able to visit here.  I enjoy dabbling in genealogy though there are always so many ‘rabbit trails’ you can go down, it still fascinates me.  So many family stories.  I wish I had listened more carefully and recorded more.  That seems to be the case when it’s too late. 😰

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4 Responses to Fun day – Part 3- cemetery

  1. jodie filogomo says:

    It’s amazing how these stories mean so much more to us when we are older. I think that happens to all of us. I remember my grandma stopping me in the kitchen once to tell me a family story, and all I could think about was I need to get back to studying (isn’t that terrible?).
    Funny because we are going to the cemetery this weekend for photos. It’s full of incredible history!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

    • Iris says:

      Not terrible – but pretty much accurate with young people (now and then). I love to go to cemeteries – so many stories there. My favorites are the old ones with the memorials – not the more current ones with nothing above ground. Yes, the newer ones are easier to maintain, but they don’t seem to me to have any soul. Looking forward to seeing your post from the cemetery.
      Iris

  2. I have wonderful memories of cemetery visiting. First, my Aunt Bettye (my namesake) who died young at 21…the cemetery is in Los Angeles (well, Glendale) is like a park, with hills, trees, fountains, swans…we used to go Sundays after church with a picnic lunch…and my grandparents would “visit” with Bettye while my cousin and I ran around, fed the swans and generally had a nice time. Now my maternal grandparents are there, and both my parents…and my uncle…and I always try to get out there when I go to CA. So I do understand how a cemetery visit can be “fun,” though I usually get a weird reaction, too, when I say I loved going to the cemetery.

    Bettye
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    • Iris says:

      Pretty much the same here – and I particularly love the “old” cemeteries. My parents are buried in one of the “new” (not really, but…) ones that have no above the ground memorials (they’re all flat) and while decoration day is usually a time to visit with family one doesn’t see except then and at funerals, it’s not the pleasant experience for me.
      Iris

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