Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile.
Memorial to May Peabody Osborne, All Saints Church, Bisham, Berkshire.
"In Memory of May Peabody Osborne beloved wife of Charles Glidden Osborne. April 14th 1936.
Under the wide and starry sky, dig the grave and let me lie, glad did I live and gladly die. And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me, here he lies where he longed to be. Home is the sailor from sea and the hunter home from the hill."
May Peabody Osborne was born May Henderson Peabody on 28th April 1891 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA to Francis Stuyvesant Peabody and May Henderson. May first married Addison H Stillwell on 2nd January 1914 at St James Episcopal Church, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA. They were to divorce 1922.
On 1st September 1923 May married her second husband Charles Glidden Osborne and sailed with him and her children from her first marriage, May Henderson Stillwell, Elizabeth Allison Stillwell and Frances Peabody Stillwell, on the Leviathan to England in the October of 1923. In 1928 May and Charles had their only child together, Mahmea Enid Lolita Osborne.
May Peabody Obsborne died on 14th April 1936 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire aged just 44 years old.
It was the verse on May's gravestone that caught my eye first. The line, 'under the wide and starry sky, dig the grave and let me lie', struck a cord with me.
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