Someone dies. Their family gathers at the cemetery and may visit the grave in the future. Eventually family visits stop, leaving a name and date for new visitors to ponder. Who are the people behind these names and dates? This article is one of a series of articles sharing details behind random people who rest, hopefully in peace, in local cemeteries. This specific article shares genealogy information of Edwin W. Blackwell (1887 - 1946) and Eva C. Blackwell (1885 - 1979), buried in Saginaw, Michigan.
Upon entering the Oakwood Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan, I was greeted by the attached angel statue. Its detail struck me as I wondered who it commemorated. Behind the angel stood a large stone with "Blackwell" printed on the front, and on either side were the headstones for Edwin Blackwell and Eva Blackwell.
Edwin and Eva were born within two years in the late 1800s. While Eva was two years older than Edwin, she outlived him by 33 years.
I tried to research more about Edwin but came up empty. I wonder if his death is related to World War II in any way.
While little is known about Edwin's untimely death, Eva lived until age 94 until she suffered from a myocardial infarction, causing her death. Her burial plot is located in section 86, lot 8, in the third row of Oakwood Cemetery <map> in Saginaw, Michigan. She died on January 16, 1979, in the Detroit area's Wayne County, Village of Lyon. Eva Blackwell was later buried on January 19, 1979, near Edwin in Saginaw, Michigan.
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