Updated: Mar 8, 2019
It's been eighteen years since I began researching my family's history and filling in the blanks concerning the facts about their lives. Finding the names, birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, places, etc., piece by piece has been challenging and intriguing.
Sometimes the information is easy to find, but in some cases the facts evade me. As a genealogy addict, those blank spaces taunt and challenge me regularly.
One of these elusive facts was the death of my 2nd great-grandmother, Lydia (Mayo) Decker. Previously, in one of my blogs, I requested information and stated the facts that were known. Much information about her has been recovered from the past, but no one I was in contact with could tell me when she had died or where she was buried. I searched death indexes and obituaries to no avail.
Well, I'm pleased to announce, the answer has finally been found! Thanks to Margaret Jones for letting us know that Lydia's memorial has been added to Findagave.com! Many, many thanks to VickiO for not only creating the memorial and adding a photo of her grave, but also for allowing me to share the photo here on my blog. The exact date is not given, but from the gravestone we learn that she died in 1951. I'm not convinced her birth date is accurate on the stone, however, because her age was given as 8 on the census of 1880, but the 1900 census does give her birth date and month as June 1873. She lived around 78 years. May she rest in peace.
With this information, I was able to locate Lydia's death in the New Jersey Death Indices, File #25074.
See more about Lydia's family on the Decker page.