|Birth: ||Mar. 18, 1918, USA|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 1980|
Aunt Cricket's cremains were finally put to rest beside her mother Mary Edna Morris-Van Meter on a warm day in the summer of June, 2006. My sister Jeanie and I made the trip to the cemetery but the journey did not begin here.
Aunt Cricket passed away without insurance; consequently, we had to have her cremated with good intentions of having her buried at a later date, but, we had no idea that it would be 26 years later.
Aunt Cricket was the type of person who was....obstinate first and foremost, a person that would "cut off her nose to spite her face" as they say. Extremely sad....I believe because she lost her mother at the age of four years and was not reared by her father or a family member. Additionally; she also experienced the separation from her two older brothers, Morris (our father), and Charles who had been placed in an orphanage.
Additionally she was very angry.....possibly because life did not turn out the way she dreamed as a marriage ended in a divorce and her only child, a daughter, Venice Marlowe, died in infancy from pneumonia. Finally, in later years she became an alcoholic.
On the lighter side.....Aunt Cricket was "kind to the extreme", many times I saw her do without to help others. At those times I believe she was the happiest because she felt needed and had a purpose or goal in life.
Funloving, loved to dance...and quite spirited. She always danced to a different drummer..........always and foremost, wanting to do the unexpected which is the way the day went while my sister and I traveled to the cemetery.
Before Aunt Cricket settled into her resting place, one needs to appreciate Aunt Cricket's journey to Oakgrove.
First of all, Aunt Cricket had lived in Ohio all of her life and had never gone out of state; but before she was buried she saw a little of the world as she flew on a plane, for the first time to Germany, traveled to California, Louisanna, and many other places in between because Jeanie's husband was in the Army.
Secondly; now that the journey was coming to an end, we know that she had decided to take control because even though I had been to this cemetery many times, I got lost, then we were stuck in a traffic jam, and once again, we were delayed as we took the scenic route around the city of Logan because of all things, a "Washday Festival"! We could see the cemetery in the distance as we did the "scenic route" and by then we were already late by 1 hour as the minister and cemetery helpers patiently waited for us to arrive.
Lastly, as we unwrapped the container which held her ashes we started laughing hysterically...Aunt Cricket's ashes were supposed to be in a beautiful "mahogany", handmade box (a preacher's husband said that he had made one for her) but instead they were sealed within a tin can! We could hear Aunt Cricket saying "Got YA" for the last time.
Obviously, the minister didn't get the joke as he looked at us as if we were either terribly rude or insane.....but we could hear and see that AUNT CRICKET was laughing with us as she danced a handsome Irish jig, because for just one last time and one last day she was in total control of her nieces.
Walter Everett Van Meter (1888 - 1956)
Mary Edna Morris Van Meter (1896 - 1922)
Venice Marlowe Fisher (1939 - 1939)*
Morris Everett Van Meter (1915 - 1949)*
Charles William Van Meter (1916 - 1984)*
Emma Elizabeth Van Meter Fisher (1918 - 1980)
Oak Grove Cemetery
Logan (Hocking County)
Plot: Sec N, Lot 45, #10
Created by: Judi Van Meter-Jackson
Record added: Aug 31, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21269112