Leaves, leaves and more leaves! They brighten the atmosphere of the cemetery when high on trees, having the power to turn visitors' sadness to happiness and gratitude. This natural splendor helped gain the place to be called "The Cemetery Beautiful" back in the day. The "gifts of autumn" now carpet the environs including roadways and monuments until removed by our grounds crew. One of the 40,000+ buried in this place has a fitting name for this week's "Story in Stone." She hailed from Braddock Heights, and sadly her life was cut short, somewhat in the same manner as a vibrantly colored leaf felled by colder weather, rain and wind on our annual march toward winter.
To read the longform "Story in Stone" blog on Leafy Frances Smiley, please click the grave marker image above.