Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Julia and George Rutherfurd

 This tombstone at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California is the grave marker for my great-grandmother, Julia Ellen Barrett Rutherfurd. Not listed on this marker, but buried in the same plot, is her husband, my great-grandfather, George Roscoe Oliver Rutherfurd.

Julia died of a stroke on June 30, 1941 in Los Angeles. She was only 46 years old. She died just four months before the wedding of her daughter (and only child) LaVerne Rutherfurd. George lived nearly 20 years after Julia’s death. He died on August 22, 1962 at the age of 67. There has been talk of getting a new headstone that also shows George’s name, but it hasn’t been done yet.

Julia also predeceased her mother, Helen “Nellie” Cecilia O’Hare Barrett. Nellie died on February 9, 1942. She is buried alongside her daughter, in the row just uphill from Julia and George.

This being Los Angeles, Holy Cross Cemetery is also the final resting place for a long list of notables. Others buried here include Sharon Tate, Bela Lugosi, Rita Hayworth, John Candy, Loretta Young, Jimmy Durante, Fred MacMurray, Rosalind Russell and Ricardo Montalbán.

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