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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


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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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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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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