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Family Finder (#47815677)
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Bio Photo 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 & 1 cat, RIP Delaila). Some hobbies and things I like include: podcasts, photography, animals, nature, and -- of course -- genealogy.

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...
I have family members at many local cemeteries (majority at Greenwood and Glen Abbey) but enjoy all the local spots and am happy to travel to any San Diego area cemetery for your photo request needs.

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

I typically shoot with a professional Nikon DSLR. Occasionally though, in a pinch, I'll snap photo requests with my iPhone 6 Plus. I'm pretty finicky when it comes to photo quality, though. If I need to get the top tier in a mausoleum, I'll bust out the zoom lens. I promise to always try and get the best photo possible!

I have added many many memorials at Cypress View Mausoleum (As of 3/31/2015 ALL NICHES from the North Building are on Find A Grave!!) and I already have the photos for almost all of the memorials I have created, so if you need a photo, just put a request in. If I manage to claim it and I have the photo, it should be up same-day.

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!

I input mass data using the spreadsheet tool, which automatically checks for duplicates. If I for some reason duplicate your memorial (because your date of birth or death is different than what is on the headstone/urn/niche/etc.) point out the duplicate and I'll take care of it -- there is NO need for rude e-mails.
Additionally, please do not update your memorial based off of my information and claim that I duplicated your memorial. Thank you!! =)
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RE: Pitts
Thank you for going the extra mile to get the pictures. and thank you for taking down your memorial.


Added by micosay on May 23, 2015 3:28 PM
Jane Stalnaker Pitts
Without first checking to see if she had a page I made a page for her and then checked and found you had made one, would it be possible for you to delete yours,


John Reppert

Added by micosay on May 23, 2015 2:42 PM
CJ Jackson
RE: Pitts @ Cypress View
Great...only one wife Jane Stalnaker Pitts. C.J.
Added by CJ Jackson on May 22, 2015 5:21 PM
CJ Jackson
RE: Pitts @ Cypress View
Hi...we have talked before about the North building photos you take. The family of Pitts has asked me to take photos of him and his two wives all at Cypress View. I won't upload please email me.
Added by CJ Jackson on May 22, 2015 3:28 PM
Pattie Ford
John & Corrinne Hancock
Thank you so much for the transfers of these two, I really appreciate it.

Added by Pattie Ford on May 21, 2015 1:15 PM
Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson
Thank you so much for the wonderful photo of Sarah Ellen Parrott
Added by Kel-lea Lorraine Erickson on May 18, 2015 6:48 AM
e t freeman
Stephen Gagznos 117290703
We are sorry for your loss. Hopefully you will take some comfort from the help you provide to others. You won't forget, but it will get easier to remember.
Thank you very much for the excellent Photo.
e t freeman
Added by e t freeman on May 17, 2015 8:54 PM
e t freeman
Stephen Gagznos 117290703
Thank you very much for the excellent Photo.
e t freeman
Added by e t freeman on May 17, 2015 8:34 PM
Mitzi Butler
RE: Transferring of family members
You are awesome. I checked them out and they are beautiful. When you open the picture up you can read the name.
Thanks again for doing all of the work you do. I know it is a never ending job. I am getting to the point that I believe I will not finish before I am gone. I hope one of my nieces or nephews shows some interest so I can turn this all over to them. The problem is that they have no memories of these people (like you and I do of our past family members). That's why I love Find A Grave. Once we get this done it will be there forever.
Added by Mitzi Butler on May 13, 2015 11:42 AM
Mitzi Butler
RE: Transferring of family members
Hi, After I sent my email to you I remembered that the name markers were in terrible condition. They were made of brass or ? probably and have corroded over the years. I think it would be best to not even try to put them on the site as they will be almost impossible to read, if that's ok with you.
Thanks, Mitzi
Added by Mitzi Butler on May 13, 2015 10:54 AM
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