When reading Russ Worthingon’s blog, “A Find-A-Grave Experience“ today, it brought to mind that I’d never checked Find-A-Grave for any records of my late husband’s burial. He passed on the 22nd of June 2008 and according to his wishes his remains were cremated and taken to his hometown of Ottawa, Illinois, for burial in the Ottawa Avenue Cemetery where many of his family and ancestors had been interred.
I knew where Charlie was buried (I was there) and I have photographs of his marker, so it really never occurred to me to look for him in Find-A-Grave. Today I did! I searched for him using the filters of his surname, “Illinois” and died “2008.” Happy day, he was there, but not in total. Someone, with a username I cannot identify, had posted his obituary. There is not an image of his grave marker. It is apparent that the obituary was provided by the funeral home in Georgia that took care of the basic arrangements.
Apparently posting of obits is a common practice on Find-a-Grave.
Posted below is an image of the grave maker taken about 8 months after it was placed. I was dismayed to find that although the family has perpetual care, the lower left part of the stone had been over-run with grass.
Since Charlie and I had lived in Georgia for nearly 25 years when he died, I had a memorial plaque posted on a wall at the Big Canoe Chapel Cemetery.