My dad, Jasper J. “Jack” Spurlock (1912-1978), and my oldest sister, Gloria Jane Spurlock Chaney (1936-2004), are interred at Lone Grove Cemetery in Lone Grove, Carter County, Oklahoma. Although my mother, Beaulah Belle Yawman Spurlock (1915-1999), is not buried there—at her request, her body was donated to science—she is memorialized with my father. Whenever I visit my sister in Texas, we try to schedule a visit up to the cemetery.
Three of my four grandparents are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California:
- Jasper Jackson Spurlock (1876-1940) – paternal grandfather
- William Lee Yawman (1870-1948) – maternal grandfather
- Myrtle Arminta Snider Yawman (1878-1958) – maternal grandmother
My maternal grandmother, Mamie Olive Martindale Spurlock (1884-1971), is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas. I have never visited her grave.
I didn’t know either of my grandfathers and I didn’t know my grandmothers well, but I am grateful that three of the four are buried at Forest Lawn which is reasonably close to my home. By visiting their gravesites, I am able to honor them as well as my parents.
52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.
© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research