|Heather Shauf Smith (#48124386)|
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I'm Heather from Cooke County, Texas. I became a cemetery lover at age 11. I hurt my back as a figure skater and part of my physical therapy was an hour of walking daily to regain strength. The local cemetery (Fairview) was a block from my house and I began to walk its perimeter, but with every day it drew me in more curious. I imagined the lives of the people buried there, how they may have died, what was the weather like on the day of the funeral, whom did they leave behind?
I took my love for cemeteries with me when I moved to New England at age 19 and have many fabulous grave rubbings from the mid 1600's when that part of the country was being settled. The residents who rest at cemeteries are a passion for me. I love history and when I visit cemeteries I can time travel. I want to know a little bit about every person now resting that I see. Additionally I feel like the stones are works of art- especially those pre-dating modern times.
My hobbies include figure skating, ballet, I raise Welsh ponies and I LOVE baseball...probably more than the average man. I have a husband who doesn't quite understand my deal with the past but accepts it and two precious children...and a bunch of animals. I'm episcopalian and I love mass.
It's my pleasure to seek out requested graves in Cooke, Grayson, Montague, or Denton counties, even if they are unmarked on the cemetery map.
My fascination is best described by an epitaph I saw at Hibbitt cemetery near the Red River.
"Gentle stranger as you pass by, as you are now once was I, as I am now you will be so prepare for death and follow me."
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