Most of the obituaries I have shared on this blog are rather lengthy. Let's face it. The fun is usually in all the details. But even when the obituary is a separate news article, it can be a very small obituary. Sometimes even smaller than the ones that are found in the community (gossip) columns.
That is the case with today's obituary, short and sweet. And while some details may be missing, it is still surprising in what it does tell.
From the 4 August 1938 Fremont Times Indicator:
Mrs. May C. Tucker, Former Resident, Passes In Detroit
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Crandell & Ensing funeral home for Mrs. May Tucker of Detroit, a former resident of this city who died at Detroit last Wednesday, July 27. Rev. Clyde E. Pickett, pastor of the Fremont Church of Christ officiated and burial was made at Maple Grove cemetery. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Carter of Garden City Mich.
There it is, short and sweet. I decided, since Maple Grove cemetery is online, to look at the information they have on her grave. And unfortunately, it doesn't tell much. Hmmm. The grave for Mrs. Marion Tucker is located in a plot owned by a Mrs. Carland Hill and burial date is August 1, 1938. It is only Tucker where the dates fit and I can see a Marion being called May. No other Tuckers are buried in the area. There is a Reuma A, Hill in grave 5, and Marion is in grave 2, and there is an empty one next to Marion.
And so the mystery deepens. Did her husband die later, and was he buried elsewhere? Did he remarry? Or did he die earlier, and she remarried and then was buried in another plot?
Don't you love it?