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Wednesday, 28 February 2007
A strange thing
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I sometimes see strange things on my walks. Here is one of them. Look carefully at the inscriptions:

Gabriela, the wife, died a year before her husband, although she was thirteen years younger. She was "loved by many", an inscription added presumably by her husband Henry Lynch. Henry goes one better, and is described as "loved by all". Described by whom? By himself, presumably, in which case this piece of posthumous oneupmanship rather undermines the loving inscription on his wife's headstone. Or perhaps it was not the widower, Mr Lynch, who wished to score points, but a relation of his, or even a jealous second wife from a very short-lived marriage.

Why, in any case, does Gabriela's headstone say "everloving memory", while the memory of Henry is only "loving"?

What am I missing?

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Posted on 02/28/2007 8:20 AM by Mary Jackson
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28 Feb 2007
Send an emailtefta

Two complementary headstones instead of a shared one is what's unusual here.   The wording may have been suggested by the pastor or even the stone mason.  I don't assign any ulterior motive to it.



28 Feb 2007
Send an emailEsmerelda Weatherwax
Separate, but matching gravestones is also a bit odd.  Most families share a headstone, and have to leave enough space for the person who is likely to die next, depending on whether the plot is a two or four berth.