Bertha Mae (Davidson) Howard was my husband’s great-great aunt (the sister to his great grandfather, Clyde Cleveland Davidson).  She was married to Walter Van Howard.

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In Memory of
Mrs. Bertha Mae Howard

Born: September 7, 1894
Passed Away: December 19, 1968

Funeral Services
Saturday, December 21, 1968, 2:00 p.m.

Officiant
Dr. Emil T. Pietz

Organist
Mrs. Frances Myers

Lodge
Truth Rebecca Lodge No. 266

Interment
Hubbel Hill Cemetery
Tonganoxie, Kansas

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Sometimes I wish that I actually had a fancy-schmancy set of china, instead of a generic set from a box store.

This china was my Grandma Eleanore Bergman’s.  Her sisters, Elvy and Martha, bought it for her as a wedding present when she married my grandpa, Donald Sanchez.

Only a few pieces of it are left.  Most of it was broken over the years. (She had 5 kids and moved around a lot, so it was inevitable.)

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The pattern is called “Cowslip” and it was made by a company called “Spode”.

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I love the details in this pattern.  It’s colorful and happy.2014-11-24_0062

And I really like the basket weave texture and the scalloped edges.  Lots of little details.

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My mom painted this pattern onto a cabinet when I was a kid.  It brings me happy memories.:)

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My great-great grandmother, Christina Bergman, was hit by a car while crossing the street in Seattle, WA.  You can read about the accident here.

She was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Seattle and I took a trip to her grave site this past summer.

Her husband died in Sweden, before she immigrated.  She was buried alongside her son, David Bergman, who never married.

Her other son, Lars Julius Bergman, was my great-grandfather.  Although I believe he’s also buried in this cemetery, I wasn’t able to find a gravestone for him.

I’m starting to wonder if maybe he doesn’t have a headstone.  He died after both his mother and brother.  He was divorced from my great-grandmother (who was buried in a different cemetery) and as far as I know, he was estranged from the rest of the family.  Maybe there wasn’t anyone left to give him a gravestone?  I will have to do some more asking around in the family and see if anyone has the answer.

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The gravestone is very close to a tree.

I wonder how big the tree was when they were buried here,  74-90 yrs ago.

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It is pretty large now, and shelters their stone from the elements.  I just hope that it doesn’t eventually ruin their stone with its roots.

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