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Family Finder (#47815677)
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Update, December 14, 2014:
My life forever changed October 30, 2014 when my Mimi passed away. She was my world. She often times asked me, "What would I do without you?" and I always turned the question around and asked what I would ever do without her. I knew she wouldn't live forever, obviously... but she never prepared me for the reality of a day when she wouldn't be here.
Cypress View conducted her services and she is buried at Greenwood. Visiting both Cypress View and Greenwood just isn't the same as before. Maybe it will get back to the way it was, but for now I'm still around, and still happy to help with photos and research -- just not as eager as before.


Hello =)

My name is Shayna, I am 28 years old, and I am a San Diego native. I work for the County full time, but spend spare time with my grandpa, husband and pets (6 dogs & 2 cats) in my spare time. Some hobbies and things I like include: podcasts, perfectly-groomed eyebrows, tattoos, and 50s-era fashion.

My heritage is mostly German, but I also have a little bit of English and Welsh. Direct names include Oxley, Croft, Love, Shaneyfelt/Shanyfelt, and Mehlkop/Mehlkopf. There are many many names beyond that.

I am fascinated by many aspects of death -- not in a weird morbid way, but in improving the death experience (not surrounded by beeping machines in a hospital), seeing alternatives in the local funeral industry (can we get a green burial space in San Diego?), empowering individuals to know what is and isn't law (you don't HAVE to embalm grandma), and encouraging discussion about all of the above. We're all going to die -- why not educate and empower ourselves to be extra specific in our advanced directives? While we're alive and well, let's get it done. And for the sake of future findagrave volunteers, can we all promise to arrange for the engraving of our death date on our marker/plaque/headstone? The number of times I've come across a marker with no death date because the person had no next-of-kin to make sure it was taken care of...

Photos & Photo Requests
Yes, you may use the photo(s) I took.

I have added many many memorials at Cypress View Mausoleum and already have photos for most of those memorials. I am slowly adding photos to the memorials I manage (4,000+ photos on my computer) so hang in there with me. If you plan on requesting a photo on a memorial, it is likely that I already have the photo if I manage the memorial and I will upload it ASAP.

Transferring Management
Yes, I understand findagrave has set rules about whether or not one is "worthy" of requesting management, but as far as the memorials I manage, I'm typically more than happy to transfer management even if they're a distant relative, next door neighbor, 12th cousin once removed.. whatever. I'm not the "keeper of memorials" -- that's not my purpose for having added them in the first place.

Contacting Me
If you have additional information or would like to edit information on a memorial I manage, please use the "Suggest a Correction" function. Otherwise, you're welcome to leave a message on my contributor page or e-mail me --

I am happy to take photos or do additional research -- just send an email and let me know what you need!
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Dianna Taylor
Thank You !!!
Thanks so much for the photo of Sarah M Collier's marker, I appreciate your time and kindness.
Added by Dianna Taylor on Jan 25, 2015 8:48 PM
Clara Woodring Hood
Beautiful work on the Mausoleum marker photo for Clara. Thank you for all you do for Find A Grave!
Added by eanders on Jan 18, 2015 9:29 PM
Richard Van Wagenen
Mrs Mary Ford
Mrs MARY Ford who you have as being buried in Cypreess in San Diego, was born May 1884 in New York City. This come from 1900 census. Mary was younger sister to my paternal grandmother.
Added by Richard Van Wagenen on Jan 18, 2015 8:43 PM
# 65600064 Valencia Biggs
I would like to copy grave marker to my Biggs Ancestry Family Tree. I will credit you as the source. Thank you, Pioneersearcher # 47016656
Added by Pioneersearcher on Jan 18, 2015 6:31 PM
suzie switzer
thank you x's 4
Sorry to be a pest. I'm Donna's younger sister. My mother gave me the impression that Donna was buried in the same plot as her Lorenzo Mort and his parents William and Florence Isobel Mort. The pics of the headstones for the Morts that you've posted do not appear to be any of those that are around The unmarked grave for Donna. Can you clarify?

Thanks many times over for what you do.

Added by suzie switzer on Dec 26, 2014 4:06 PM
suzie switzer
thank you
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you find strength in those around you and the service you provide to others.

Thank you for the pics of my people's markers.

Added by suzie switzer on Dec 26, 2014 3:59 PM
William Herrick
Sending Condolences
I was keying information and one of the names was linked to an individual for whom you created a memorial. I read your profile and just wanted to extend my condolences for the loss of your loved one.
Added by William Herrick on Dec 24, 2014 6:29 PM
Barbara Samans
Byrd L
Thanks for sending your findings
Although his obituary states that services were conducted here and cremation followed, there is no mention of his remains being interred here. Sure enough, the girl working at the front desk today (Ruth) was unable to locate a lot card for him, which indicates he was not placed here after the cremation -- perhaps the family kept his remains.
So sorry I wasn't able to get a photo for you.

I have asked that this be attached to his find a grave site for him so others who might someday be looking for a grave will know. Much appreciated! Barb :)
Added by Barbara Samans on Nov 26, 2014 3:13 PM
Lee White
Thank you!
Thank you for taking and posting the pictures of the grave markers for Briggs C. and Mary Alice (McLaran) Keck. I really appreciate it!
Added by Lee White on Nov 08, 2014 10:41 PM
D Martin
RE: Mount Hope
How do you the grave plot information on a person at Mount Hope. I have a phone number that no one answers and they don't call back either.
Added by D Martin on Oct 28, 2014 4:50 PM
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