One of my family history goals is to ensure that all of our relatives are properly memorialized on findagrave.com. For those not familiar with the site, it is well worth exploring. Assuming you are not too spooked out by wandering through cemeteries.
Findagrave contains a lot of good information about our loved ones and how they were connected with others. But, it is all done by volunteers so it is only as accurate as the contributors. I try to make sure everything is right.
A few months ago, I was checking and updating the memorial for my grandparents, John and Barbara Lueders. I was there in Montebello, CA many many years ago when they were buried. But I did not have a picture of their grave marker and there also wasn’t one on findagrave.com. So I put in a request for a volunteer that could go out to the cemetery and take a picture for me.
A few days later I received an email notification that that my request had been fulfilled. However, when I went online to see the picture this is what I found.
There was no grave marker! How could that possibly be? I knew for a fact that Grandma and Grandpa had planned out every detail of their funerals and burials down to, an including, the clothes they would be wearing. How could they have not included a grave marker in all that planning?
First thing the next morning, I was on the phone calling Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello to find out what had happened. After a couple days of investigation they called back and informed me that Yes! Grandma & Grandpa had picked out a grave marker. And, Yes! Sister Elizabeth Hurley had come in, after their passing, and made the final payment on said grave marker. But, NO! the order had not been place with the company that should have made and installed the marker. Apparently the order was still on file somewhere because they told me all about it was supposed to look like. Fortunately, it was, in fact, paid for in full.
So, I was told they would place the order right away and since it normally takes 8-10 weeks to get a marker, they would ask the company to expedite it! After 32 years I should hope so.
Just in case, I waited 12 weeks before requesting another photo and today I received notification that my request had been fulfilled. But this time, it was fulfilled. As you can see, Grandpa & Grandma can finally rest in peace under their shiny new grave marker.