A woman's wish to have the ashes of her and her husband scattered on her great-grandparents' grave came to be Saturday, but in a slightly different manner than she had intended.
While studying the family's genealogy several years ago, Theda Shaw discovered that her great-grandparents, Zetto and Clara Stoddard, who died in 1920 and 1910 respectively, were buried at Hill Cemetery in Hotchkiss.
Shaw requested that her ashes, along with the ashes of her husband, John, who died in 2006, be scattered over her great-grandparents' grave. Theda died July 4, 2012.
Since cemetery rules forbid the spreading of ashes, Theda's son, Douglas Shaw, of Pahrump, Nev., elected to bury the remains.
Shaw is the brother of Betty Portman of Hotchkiss. He is also a historical reenactor who portrays Charlie Siringo, a cowboy-turned- Pinkerton born in 1855 who authored seven books. Shaw performed the ceremony dressed as a Union soldier, to honor the Union fighters on his dad's side of the family. Unfortunately, Portman was unable to make the ceremony.
Hotchkiss reenactor Richard Brubaker, a descendent of Captain Billy, a Confederate captain, represented the South, accompanied by "Miss Rose," portrayed by Terri Brubaker. In a small and informal ceremony, the ash remains of John and Theda Shaw were laid to rest. Miss Rose presented Shaw and his wife, Boni, with a floral arrangement made of native foliage as a gesture of good faith and friendship.
Following the burial, Brubaker and Shaw shook hands. Said Shaw, "This symbolizes the two sides coming together, and the coming together of family."blog comments powered by Disqus