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Family Finder (#47815677)
 member for 3 years, 6 months, 16 days
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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.


Hello =)

My name is Shayna and I am a San Diego native. I work for the County full time, but spend spare time with my family & 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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Janet Reasoner
Robert & Audrey Lasher
Thank you very much for adding the photos for Robert & Audrey. They are greatly appreciated. I would have thanked you sooner but I just found Find A Grave's notification in my Spam folder!!!
Jan Reasoner
Added by Janet Reasoner on Sep 14, 2015 12:35 PM
Bob Puw
Charles Jenkins
Hello Shayna
Thank you so much for providing me with the image for Charles Jenkins and his wife at Cypress View.
I see that you have a little Welsh blood. Find a Grave is an valuable resource for family historians based in Wales. We are indebted to people such as yourself for your efforts as volunteers.
In appreciation
Added by Bob Puw on Sep 14, 2015 2:47 AM
E Werner
#116795715 Thomas McDearmon
Thank you for posting the photographs of Thomas McDearmon's crypt marker and the hall where it is located. He was a distant relative on my father's side of the family, who moved from Kansas City to San Diego. He was a early automobile distributor and dealer in Detroit and Kansas City. He lived in San Diego for seven or so years, engaged in automobile financing.
Added by E Werner on Sep 13, 2015 9:09 PM
Stonewall Stadtler
Thank you again for the Stadtler photographs. These are wonderful!

Added by Susan on Sep 13, 2015 7:50 PM
Marie Stadtler
Thank you so much for providing me with these two wonderful photographs!

Added by Susan on Sep 13, 2015 7:49 PM
Thank you for your pictures.

Added by fullerfarms on Sep 13, 2015 6:17 PM
Jerry Huffman
Tim Williams
Hi Shayna,

Thank you for your time & effort. I appreciate the excellent photo.

Thanks again,
Added by Jerry Huffman on Sep 06, 2015 4:06 PM
Family Searcher
Added by Family Searcher on Sep 01, 2015 10:09 PM
A Butterfly
Edna Rose Harvey Carr/Casty
Thank you ever so much for the lovely photo of her niche. The family is appreciative!
Added by A Butterfly on Aug 31, 2015 1:50 AM
Yaeko "Grace" Kosaka Hamabata

Thank you so very much for the photo. If you wouldn't mind could you attach the photo to her husband Takashi as well Memorial# 150734154.
Added by GreenerPastures on Aug 30, 2015 8:46 PM
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