I was born and raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, and I have lived here all of my life. On October 12, 2015, I accepted management of several thousand memorials in Shaul Cemetery here in Ottumwa. I will update the information in these memorials as time permits, using information available both on the internet and in our local resources here in Wapello County.
If you have any information you would like to have entered into these memorials, let me know either through the findagrave edit system, or through my e-mail. If you are a findagrave member and have not provided a way to get in touch with you to discuss a discrepancy I might have with your edit suggestion, please understand if I don't feel I can accept it. I will provide the best explanation I can in the space provided if this happens.
If you are not a findagrave member, and you have questions about or information on any of the memorials that are for your family members, feel free to let me know. If you contact me by e-mail, please include a link to the memorial you are writing about.
Also, please keep in mind that a person's last known address on their Social Security Death Record may not be where they died. Many people who lived in Ottumwa died in Des Moines, Iowa City, or VA Hospitals around the state. Also, many of them went to stay with their children in another state during their last illness and died there. I will research the places of death when I receive edit notices to verify what is correct, as I know everyone wants accurate information.
For those who might still be reading this, I would like to mention another helpful hint: If you believe that someone died between census years because a husband or wife stated that they were a widow or widower on the next census, that does not necessarily mean that was the case. I have found that years ago, many divorced people gave their marital status as widow or widower rather than state they were divorced. I have spent hours looking for people who allegedly died and found that they actually had remarried and still lived here or had moved away. I imagine at the time it was easier just to tell the census taker that their spouse had died, as it probably didnít seem like it really mattered. Who would have dreamed that 100 years later, there would be such a thing as an internet where their records would be available for all to see, and descendants would be frantically searching for a spouse's grave because they claimed they had died when they hadn't!
GREEN OBITS ELDON CEMETERY Looking to see if there is a obit for a Sarah Green who died July 12, 1952 and her husband Thomas Chester Green who died Dec 12, 1943. My cds are not working this morning. Thanks~~Mary Ellen
Garnett Penny Hello! Long time no "see". Hope you have been well. I'm going to fulfill your photo request, but it will have to be redone at a later date. At first, I thought there was no headstone, because there was none visible. I was about to place a small bunch of artificial flowers to mark the spot, and to photograph it. But when I stuck my trowel into the thick grass to make a small hole, I heard it hit the headstone! I am placing 3 photos on her memorial. One showing how badly the stone was covered up, one showing the area (and you can see how deep the stone is) and another one, with the headstone exposed to the best of my ability. I am going to put in a work over to have the headstone raised back up to the surface, and will get a better photo. It should take a few weeks (very large cemetery!) and I will let you know when the new photo has been added. Until then, I appreciate your patience.