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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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Aurorae Little U.E.
Pic for 116795879 Clara
Barraclough's united.. Thanks for the Pic!!
Added by Aurorae Little U.E. on Jul 15, 2015 12:11 AM
Linda Claxton
RE: Lottie Brown / Greenwood
Thanks a bunch!
Added by Linda Claxton on Jul 09, 2015 1:22 PM
Beth Walls Walton
RE: Charles Hill
Thanks, Shayna. Be safe.

Added by Beth Walls Walton on Jul 08, 2015 6:53 AM
re: Lottie Brown photo request
Thank you for claiming the Lottie Brown photo request. Apparently there are two other interested parties who are attempting to show that THIS Lottie E. Brown is the Lottie shown in the California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: Lottie E Brown
[Lottie E Virden]
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 12 Aug 1880
Birth Place: Colorado
Death Date: 4 Nov 1956
Death Place: San Diego
Mother's Maiden Name: Brockway
Father's Surname: Virden

I suppose they may be correct, but without your photo, I'm not sure the memorial is complete (in fact, they have gone as far as sending an SAC to the maintainer of the memorial changing the originally listed birth year (unknown) and death year (1956) to the information shown in the data from the listing above. Even if they are correct, it seems peculiar behavior to me. In any case, I just wanted you to be aware that there seem to be other people who have some sort of interest in this memorial.

Thank you in advance.
Added by CC-Genealogy on Jul 07, 2015 6:46 PM
Nita Blanton Blount, Summerville, SC
RE: Pyle photos
Thank you so much....
Added by Nita Blanton Blount, Summ... on Jul 06, 2015 11:06 AM
Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory San Diego
Thank you so much for fulfilling my photo requests for Oliver and Mildred Nyman. I am so grateful to have the photos on their memorial pages! I also thank you for providing the crypt location. Very nice of you to do that for me.
Added by DiAnn on Jul 04, 2015 2:27 PM
Jane Gilman
RE: Nellie A Hauk
Thanks so much! There is no particular hurry on this, just whenever you can check I would much appreciate it!
Added by Jane Gilman on Jul 04, 2015 11:20 AM
MYates Vandver
Howell & Ruth Johnston Memorials
My what awesome photos, my first time to see inside of a Mausoleum and Crematory, thank you so very much and I love your Bio.
The Johnston's are distant relatives that link back to Cynthia Ann Parker who was captured by The Indians in Texas in 1836 from the famous Fort Parker in Limestone County, Texas.

And again thank you for taking the photos for their memorials,
Martha Yates Vandver
Added by MYates Vandver on Jul 04, 2015 3:45 AM
Jane Gilman
Nellie A Hauk
Gennaphyr said you might be able to find something for me about the disposition of my great great aunt's remains. She died 21 May 1959, and her funeral was handled by Humphrey Mortuary in Chula Vista, with her remains being sent to Cypress View for cremation. My dad and I were both under the impression that she was at Greenwood, but they found no record of her when I asked. The lady I asked at the card file at Cypress View said that they wouldn't keep any records that old. I believe that her niece (my great aunt) Arsina Hauk would have been the one handling the arrangements, and she could have had her ashes scattered at sea or something (which she directed to be done with her own cremains when she died). I'd just like to know what happened, if at all possible. Her death certificate only says that she would be going to Cypress View for cremation, I think. I don't have a copy, but I saw it on a computer screen at a county office, once! Oh, and Humphrey Mortuary was sold to another company and a new company uses the Humphrey name now, and I never get anywhere when I try to find out about old records for them. I think no one wants to be bothered to look.

I will be glad of anything you can find, and thanks for trying!
Added by Jane Gilman on Jul 04, 2015 1:30 AM
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
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