Friday, July 02, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Walter and Betsy Cronkite - Follow Up

Betsy Cronkite preceded her husband in death and was originally marked with the stone pictured below. This marker was removed when Mr. Cronkite's cremated remains were interred and the new joint marker placed.

Mary E. (Betsy) Maxwell
Jan. 25      Mar. 15
1916         2005

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Walter and Betsy Cronkite

I grew  up listening to Walter Cronkite and the news will never be the same without him. Cronkite's creamated remains are interred with his wife in Mount Moriah and Freeman Cemetery in south Kansas City, MO. The marker for his wife, Betsy, who preceded him in death, was replaced with this new marker below.

Walter L. Jr.
November 4, 1916
July 17, 2009

Mary E. (Betsy)
January 25, 1916
March 15, 2005

Married March 30, 1940

May they rest in peace and be remembered fondly.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Marble Masonic Mausoleum at Mt Moriah Cemetery

Mount Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home and Cemetery, located in southern Kansas City, was established in 1922 to serve Freemasons and their families. See more in this quick flickr picture show:

The cemetery includes several Masonic features, including a massive marble mausoleum.

The mausoleum has two levels. At the entrance, on the second level is the Temple meeting room.

The dedication plaque inside mausoleum entrance reads:
Mount Moriah Temple
Dedicated May 1928
Robert E Peden - Architect

Grand Master seat in Temple meeting room.

The Lodge room contains many symbols and features reprentative of the Shriners, Masons, Scottish Rite, and Eastern Star. The meeting room is topped by a stepped pyramid ceiling with a skylight that is not visible externally from the ground.

Large and small ornate burial chambers predominate the Mausoleum.

The upper level wings are filled with large and small private burial chambers and ornate display niches. The lower level contains some burial chambers but its wings are more open halls and open rooms.

See more in this quick flickr picture show: