Sunday, May 31, 2009

Meet: JoLyn Daly, "The Mount Timpanogos Graveyard Rabbit"

The forty first in a series
featuring a member of
The Graveyard Rabbit Association


What made you get involved with cemeteries?

As a kid, my family spent a lot of time with my grandmother visiting cemeteries in southern Idaho and northern Utah. She always told us the stories of the people who were buried there – those stories became our family traditions, just like visiting their graves. I always had a longing to know those people and walk the ground they walked.

As an adult, I got a job as a data entry clerk for a company that created geographic information systems for cemeteries. These were maps that had the data for each grave attached to the map. I took the original records from cemeteries and entered them into the database. I was hooked. It was fascinating to realize how much of a person’s story you could figure out just by reading their burial record. Sometimes I would get so caught up in the story – like the time I entered the burials for several children in one family who all died the same winter.

Since then, our family has gotten very involved in this cemetery work and we are doing many things with technology to help cemeteries preserve their records.

What was your most interesting visit to a cemetery?

It had to be when Diane, a GYR from California, visited me in Utah and I took her to the Salt Lake City Cemetery. We visited the graves of many prominent people and were having a good time. Then my car wouldn’t start – right in the middle of the cemetery. So we ordered pizza! It was a wonderful day and what a great memory!

Where is the Mount Timpanogos GYR located?

Mount Timpanogos is a beautiful mountain located in Utah about 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City. On my blog, you might find me writing about any cemetery that I can see from the top of Timp!

[Note from Sheri - JoLyn also has a great website called "Uphill Both Ways" that you really should check out]

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