MEMORIAL DAY STORIES

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As the researcher for GLA, I owe everything to Susie Kibler Morris and her enthusiasm to share the story of the Kibler family as she was "the last leaf on the vine" as she told me in our first interview in 2013. In her early 90's at the time, she was still very mentally sharp and very generous with knowledge of not only her parents, but various friends of theirs also in the Abbey and information about parts of Columbus that she lived in. We never met physically, but through phone conversations, emails, and greeting cards I considered her something of a surrogate grandmother to me. Although I'd likely have gotten to the information eventually on my own, she gave me one heck of a head start and a template of how I'd go about researching in the future. Read more
11 years gone, Dad would be 71 years old had he not passed in 2009. My Dad was a storyteller - whether he knew it or not. He loved talking to people and usually didn't know a stranger. He'd always tell me stories of the Columbus, Oh of his youth and although he did have a habit of "entertaining the truth" somewhat if he couldn't remember all the details, I listened with relish. I wished I could've experienced what he did back then. An avid fisherman, he was most at peace at the side of a lake with at least 3 poles in the water and at least 2 thermoses of coffee. Dad also loved Christmas, and any tree I that I or my siblings decorate will always be compared to what we saw him do even after we were all adults. I miss you, "old man." Read more
Memories of my Mom’s 2 sisters, Ruth and Grace. They were both much older than my mother. My maternal grandmother died before I was born, so they were as close as I had to having a grandmother. They grew up in rural Hocking county and later Vinton county. Their lives could not have been more different. Visiting Aunt Ruth on her farm, while growing up, she always made Sunday supper for us, with a selection of homemade pies and fried chicken. Many times, some of her 7 children would stop by to visit. She never learned to drive a car, and hardly ever left the hill where she lived. Aunt Grace lived in San Francisco, and the summer I turned eight, my family visited her. She showed us all over, including Yosemite Park. She loved to drive, even back to Ohio from California. Later in life, she moved back to Ohio, and would always give what little she had friends and relatives. Both sisters lived long lives; Aunt Ruth 91 & Aunt Grace 95. The attached photo is the three sisters in their younger years. Read more
I wish to honor my great aunt, Freda Steube, who is interred in the Abbey. Though I never knew her, she lived quite a life. Freda married John Bryan, a wealthy industrialist of Cincinnati, who she met while working in his factory. Bryan was much older than Freda, but they wait until she was 21 to marry. She and John moved to Yellow Springs to live on a large beautiful property, which is now a state park that bears his name. After Bryan died, Freda married my great uncle, John Steube, (brother to my grandmother). John & Freda spent the remainder of their lives together traveling in their motor car across the nation. In 1940, Freda died in Columbus at the age of 54. As you can see in the photo, Freda (woman with hat) was a lovely person, surrounded by a loving and fun loving family. Read more

Interment

The classical architecture of Green Lawn Abbey, a beautiful and historic mausoleum, invokes serenity and a sense of timelessness. An array of interment options and services will soon be available for purchase.

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Events

From solemn remembrances to fundraisers, lawn parties and movies under the stars, the Abbey is the setting of meaningful, educational and entertaining programs.

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The Abbey

The Abbey opened for business in 1929 as a “community” mausoleum. Public mausoleums were a new business model for cemeteries.

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Genealogical

We’ve been researching the stories of the Abbey’s ‘residents’ and have interesting facts to share. Explore our database and learn about some of Columbus’s most prominent leaders.

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