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Greenwood Cemetery:

A place to celebrate memories

From across the country and around the world, people from all walks of life come to Greenwood Cemetery to search, to ponder or to wander. Some come to find an ornament missing from the family tree, or to discover the final resting place of relatives they never met. Others come to honor fallen comrades, or loved ones gone too soon. Some come simply to walk again the halls of history. Come to Greenwood. Walk the gentle slopes of yesterday. Look up...look around...stretch your eyes, your soul. Let the wind in the trees whisper peace to a troubled heart. Let the raindrops mask tears. Let the warmth of the sun help you smile again. Then go, and live more fully.

A Bit About Us

We enjoy the quiet rural setting of Greenwood Cemetery, and the visitors who endure the tales of an Irish storyteller. The smiles of a Scots lassie set many at ease, even in the difficult days that bring them to the cemetery. Teachers by training and cemeterians by experience, we have served local families and global visitors for more than three decades, helping both the sorrowing and the searching. Lending an ear, sharing a hug or a cuppa, as a couple we have worked together to meet the cemetery-related needs, as well as emotional or spiritual needs, of those who come to Greenwood. We work together to care for the cemetery, and see ourselves as stewards of the area's story written on over a century of stones. If we can help in time of grief, or with pre-planning services, cemetery property or memorial stones, please let us know. We look forward to meeting you.

 ~Michael and Lynda Leamy

 

Greenwood Cemetery at a Glance

Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1891.  It occupies a part of a donation land claim whose documentation was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.  The 30-acre cemetery lies on a knoll overlooking Young's Bay, and gives a panoramic view of the valley and surrounding hills, with views of the mouth of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean.


Greenwood is an historic pioneer cemetery, as are all Clatsop County cemeteries.  It was founded during the waning years of the Rural Cemetery Movement with its emphasis on the romance of rustication, and now the grounds offer an opportunity to enjoy bird watching, quiet strolls, and the chance to watch wildlife including deer, elk, the occasional coyote, and the smaller creatures like rabbits and squirrels.

 

 

Cemetery Services

Monuments and Headstones:  Lynda Leamy enjoys working with families to design memorials for loved ones at Greenwood Cemetery.  Partnering with OMStone of Hillsboro, Oregon, Lynda can offer a wide array of stock or personalized designs engraved in granite or embellished with 'glass art' and priced competitively. The difficult decisions of marker type, style, size and personalization can be made easier with an experienced designer.   Please contact Lynda at tranquility@theoregonshore.com.

 

Plots: Greenwood Cemetery, while it is an historic pioneer cemetery, is an active full-service cemetery. Spaces are available for purchase in the pioneer section for casket burial. Any full-burial space will accommodate up to six urns for those who choose cremation, with three markers. We will place one or two urns beneath each stone. The pioneer section allows either flat markers or memorials and monuments that stand above lawn level. The Crestview section is limited to flat markers only, except for designated locations where memorial benches may be placed.

Columbarium: Spaces are also available in designated urn burial areas. For those who prefer above-ground inurnment, niche space is available in the rose garden columbarium. For current prices, please e-mail serenity@theoregonshore.com.

 

 

Click on the button below to access the Greenwood Cemetery Master List of Grave-site locations.  Scroll down to locate names, listed alphabetically.
 

Opportunities for Involvement

Service Projects

Time and nature have taken their toll on on the monuments at Greenwood Cemetery, and preservation is an on-going battle.   We are always looking for groups who wish to help make a real difference by lending their support.  Service groups, schools, and Scout  projects are all invited to learn more about how they may help preserve this vital historical cemetery and her monuments.

Contribute

We are an Oregon non-profit entity and are grateful for all donations that assist us in providing the services of maintaining the cemetery property and its monuments.   Our immediate needs and goals include:
1. Preparing the cemetery for  Memorial Day.
2. Re-setting sunken, fallen, or displaced monuments. 
3. Maintenance projects for the grounds and monuments.
4. Equipment updates and repair.  
5. Means to promote an increase in community involvement and historical awareness.

6. Data gathering for geo-location of gravesites

Talking Tombstones

The spirits of dearly departed locals will rise for an afternoon of fun history during the annual “Talking Tombstones,” presented by the Clatsop County Historical Society. The free event takes place 1 to 4 p.m., usually on the last Sunday in October at alternating cemeteries in Astoria.  The Historical Society recruits talented community members to prepare vignettes of ten characters each year. The actors stand by the gravestone of the person they have been assigned and, after much research and preparation, that person will be brought back to life in front of small groups who rotate through the cemetery.  “One thing I love about this program is that cemeteries are filled with people, and those people have stories; unless you make a point of telling these stories they will be forgotten,” said McAndrew Burns, the Historical Society’s executive director. “It’s a way to remind people.”  (excerpt from Astoria Coast Weekend)

"Their bodies and their souls have long since slipped into starlight, but their memories linger like fog around their names. Cemeteries are not where people go when they die.  It's where they go to stay alive."

Johan Mathiesen, Author  

"Mad as the Mist and the Snow"