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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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Lynn & Georgiana Schultz
Thank you for adding both of their headstones pics to their find a grave memorials. I appreciated your time and effort.
Added by Marion on Jun 24, 2015 1:48 PM
Becky Helms Hice
The Weldy's
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos of Alton and Ollie Weldy grave markers. I do appreciate your help. Thanks for all you do for Find A Grave. Becky Helms Hice
Added by Becky Helms Hice on Jun 20, 2015 3:01 PM
Dean Knudsen
Thomas Isbell marker
Thank you so very much for posting the photo of Thomas Isbell's grave marker. I appreciate your efforts very much. Sincerely, Dean Knudsen
Added by Dean Knudsen on Jun 15, 2015 7:39 AM
RE: Elizabeth Peachee
Thank you and I appreciate that. Have a great week
Added by cjgriffith on Jun 14, 2015 10:52 PM
David Fauss
photos for Henry Short, Hugh and Ada Hay
Thank you for posting the excellent photos for these three relatives. Our family appreciates your volunteer effort!
Added by David Fauss on Jun 13, 2015 11:40 PM
Karol Kipp
RE: Death Records
Thank you for any help you can be!
Added by Karol Kipp on Jun 13, 2015 9:43 PM
Karol Kipp
Death Records
Do you still subscribe to several databases? I am looking for the death records of my great uncle Marion Dyer Kipp and his wife Avis May (Green) Kipp. I located her parents and some of Marion & Avis' children, but I cannot find out when or where they (Marion & Avis) passed away. He was born 12-12-1889 in Wing, IL and she was born 2-28-1891 in Robards, KY. They married in Grinnell, IA, and they seem to have spent the rest of their life in Geneseo, IL. Thank you for any help you can give me!
Added by Karol Kipp on Jun 13, 2015 7:07 PM
Karol Kipp
Fosdick Photos
Thank you so much for the excellent photos of the Fosdick photos! Such a beautiful marker deserves to be seen, and connecting our family tree has been very rewarding!

Added by Karol Kipp on Jun 13, 2015 7:00 PM
Nita Blanton Blount, Summerville, SC
RE: Pyle?
yes, that would be wonderful. thank you so much for your hard work.
Added by Nita Blanton Blount, Summ... on Jun 13, 2015 6:26 AM
Adriene Brookes
RE: Something's off
Everything fits for Hazel except that he died after her. She was born in Cincinnati, she had a brother Robert Modenhauer, the birth record for her child is in the name of Clark Frank Smith, Robert Moldenhauer, her brother, became her son's guardian. Where would I get the death records from? I don't have a problem sending for them. Where did you find the newspaper articles? I have been looking for years, and you found all of this so quickly. I think the obituary is the one that is wrong. Again, thank you so much.
Added by Adriene Brookes on Jun 07, 2015 8:53 PM
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