Sharon Lavash Hawkins

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12 years · 8 months · 15 days
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April 15, 2020 In the midst of COVID-19, a large portion of cemeteries in Massachusetts were closed to the public. Some of them, like Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, had very limited hours. There are over 1100 photo requests for this cemetery alone - at some point everyone that normally fills requests will be able to catch up. Be safe, wear masks, wash your hands and maintain social distances.

****** I was able to get into the Bigelow Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA at the end of October 2018 and take hundreds of pictures. From this, I've been able to create new memorials for 536 people so far and have added a couple of hundred pics to memorials already created. I have a few hundred more to create and will hopefully be able to get back to fulfilling requests in the coming months - thank you for all your patience! *****

I found this on another members profile and it truly expresses how I feel as well:
"The life of a person is more than the dash between two dates. It is my hope that the memorials which I create or manage can make the individuals life fuller, even if just linking to family members or adding a few tidbits of information. Researching and including other family information makes them more than graves, they are people.

My Mother: Ruth Lavash

Her parents: William Nelson Bursey
Flora Lillian Bradbury Bursey
Her Grandparents :William Robert Bursey
Mary Brown Bursey
Her Great Grandparents: Stephen Brown
Catherine Porter Brown

My Dad's parents :Raymond Lavash
Ellen Veronica Hynes Lavash
My Dad's Grandparents: Caroline Sampson Lavash
and Ernest Paul Lavash

I'm searching for information for the following Families: Lavash, Lavache, Hynes, Higgins, Donohoe, Bursey, Bradbury, Brown, Demeo, Hayes, Sawin. I've been researching my roots for over 20 years and have now started to record cemeteries for others. I've also started adding any Irish and Canadians that I come across, in tribute to my ancesters, military graves & any children that I find - they seem to be the hardest to find & I'm recording them as I find them.

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On December 1, 2018 Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. had a ribbon cutting/open house for the public. In a little over an hour, I was able to take approximately 500 pictures of the cremations area and will be adding them as quickly as I can. If you've had any requests, please check occasionally to see if I've been able to fill your request - Sharon
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A coin left on a headstone lets the deceased soldier's family know that somebody stopped by to pay their respect. Leaving a penny means you visited. A nickel means that you and the deceased soldier trained at boot camp together. If you served with the soldier, you leave a dime. A quarter is very significant because it means that you were there when that soldier died".

This is an abbreviated list of cemeteries that I have visited so far - I've visited some of these because I have family members there -
Belmont Cemetery - Belmont, MA
Calvary Cemetery & Maus. - Waltham, MA
Cambridge Cemetery - Cambridge, MA
Common Street Cemetery - Watertown, MA
Cudworth Cemetery - Scituate, MA
Evergreen Cemetery - Marboro, Ma
Evergreen Cemetery - Leominster, MA
Grove Hill Cemetery - Waltham, MA
Highland Meadow Cemetery - Belmont, MA
Holy Cross Cemetery & Maus. - Malden, MA
Mt. Auburn Cemetery - Watertown/Cambridge, MA
Mt. Feake Cemetery - Waltham, MA
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery - Arlington, MA
Westview Cemetery, Bedford, MA
North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery - Cambridge, MA
Olde Burying Place - Arlington, MA
Old Burying Ground, AKA Ye Olde Burying Ground in Lexington, MA
Old Burying Place - Watertown, MA
Puritan Lawn Cemetery - Peabody, MA
Ridgelawn Cemetery - Watertown, MA
St. Pauls Cemetery - Arlington, MA
St. Patricks Cemetery - Watertown, MA
Woodlawn Cemetery & Crem. - Everett, MA
and a few others
I normally photograph the whole family plot if it's more than a single grave & will post those as well.
Thank you to Linda Shepard Salzer for all her pics, corrections and updates for all the memorials that I set up for North Cambridge Catholic Cemetery - I greatly appreciate it:)


Instructions: How do I add a link from one memorial to another?

In order to create a link in the biography of one memorial to someone else's memorial (such as the person's spouse or parent), you will need to use a bit of HTML code. It's hard to put into words, so here is an example (from Johnny Carson's biography which has a link to Red Skelton's memorial page): Pioneering Television Legend, Comic, Host. Carson began his entertainment career in radio but quickly moved to television. He moved to Hollywood to become a writer for "The Red Skelton Show."

In the biography, you would need to type
a href=""Name / a

where XXXXXXX is the GRid number of the memorial you want to link. The GRid is a unique id for each memorial and as such is the only thing within the entire URL that must be included. The "Name" is what will show up on the screen as a link.

You will need to remove the space between and a at the beginning as well as the space between the and / at the end. The spaces were added here to actually show you the code.

You can also use "Add relationship links" on the memorial page. You can add the links to father, mother, and multiple spouses. Adding this information will automatically post the reverse information to the linked memorial as well.

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