Sunday, 28 April 2013
Cemetery Sunday - Her Charm and Loving Ways
Memorial to Elsie May Dean, All Saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead Berkshire.
"Elsie May Dean 1913 - 1956 - Beloved wife of John and Mother of Adrian and Deirdre - Her charm and loving ways endeared her to all"
I have found very little out about Elsie May, but the verse on the gravestone intrigues me. I wonder what kind of wife and mother she was. Happy? Always ready to a cuddle and a smile? Did she always have a kind word for those around and was nothing too much trouble when it came to helping others.
She was only 43 when she passed away. Was she ill? Did she have an accident? Was her passing sudden and did she get to say goodbye to those that loved her so well. How many mourned her passing and came to her funeral.
These are the question and many more that lie behind every gravestone in every churchyard and cemetery. This is what keeps me interested in those that lie beneath our feet.