Thursday, May 07, 2009

Friday Cemetery Blogging

 

I took this photo while I was in San Antonio a few weeks ago.  I was wandering around a tiny little urban cemetery, lamenting the plight of the dead in tiny little urban cemeteries.  Since they don’t breathe, mabye the dead don’t mind the exhaust fumes gathering at the stop light.  And since the don’t hear, maybe they don’t notice the heavy machinery about thirty-six inches away as it excavates for an office building or a gas station or something.  

Any way, I really didn’t see much of interest, but I took a few half-hearted shots.  This was one of the last stones I photographed and I took this shot because of the unconventional inscription that listed both husbands.  I snapped the pic, then went on my way. 

But I never read the small print.  Not until a week later, after I’d returned home.  Turns out this is one of the most incredible tombstones I’ve ever photographed. 

 

 

 

Died Alone

28 comments:

Pyzahn said...

Ahhh, that makes me very sad.

SpookyRach said...

I kept re-reading it, not believing that's what it really said...

And neither of her husbands were buried nearby.

Kathryn said...

Oh Rach - that's sadder than sad. I wonder who chose her epitaph.
May she rest in peace & rise in glory

Tauratinzwe said...

You've got to write a story for this one! It cries out to be told.

mid-life rookie said...

Heartbreaking. I too wonder who chose those words. Perhaps she did.

Dijea said...

Flabbergasted. How heart wrenching to see something like that. But can you wonder if those were written by someone who felt incredibly guilty for not taking care of those things.

Quotidian Grace said...

How very sad.

El Jefe says her husband(s)must have been SOB's, and thinks she chose the epitaph.

SpookyRach said...

There are no dates on this stone, either, other than marriage dates. Anyone have any ideas on how to trace this to try to find more of the story?

C Wright said...

You know saying trace is like saying sic em to a dog.

SpookyRach said...

I know! Hone up those mad Nancy Drew skillz and get to work, J!

I have the name of the cemetery, I think, if you need it.

cheesehead said...

Wow. Just...wow.

esperanza said...

That's something. Sad, but refreshingly honest, no?

And, on another subject: you were in SA a few weeks ago, and I was not notified?

Rev Kim said...

Wow. So very sad.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

most depressing epitaph ever... *sigh* hopefully someday this will not be me...

Dijea said...

My parents are in SA - which cemetery I might could find some info.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

AND she does not have either of their last names. WOW...just wow.

zorra said...

Very sad and strange. I went on the Social Security Death Index and couldn't find a Grace L. Smith who died in Texas, or a Grace Stoops who died in Texas. So sad.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

I'd like to kick their a**es on her behalf.

Mary Beth said...

Heartbreaking. Unbelievable.

Mary Beth said...

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsaghs2/Pages/Library-Holdings-Cemetery-Book-3-Index-S.htm

Boy, I'm not going to sleep tonight...searching obits

SpookyRach said...

Good luck, Mary Beth! I'd love to see anything you discover!

jonboy said...

Don't forget, there are two sides to every story. Perhaps she was a class A female dog who toruted these poor men unmercifully. The first one was only 20, maybe he committed suicide to get away from her. ... I'm just saying.

jonboy said...

Totured ... not toruted.

jonboy said...

tortured ... sigh!

SpookyRach said...

...and you do what for a living, jonboy? haha!

Mary Beth said...

still working it.

Beth said...

Whoa. This is really heavy....

Nej said...

Wow! Harsh and brutally honest. I bet she was a pleasure to be around?