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Charlotte Anne McMurray Boardman 1938!

Charlotte Ann McMurray Boardman

Charlotte Ann McMurray Boardman

My great-grandmother Charlotte Anne McMurray Boardman died on 1 July 1938 and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale on 2 July 1938.

I do not have a picture of her tombstone because when I visited her son William’s grave site in 2004, I did not know she was buried there.  To make matters worse I did not check with the office of the cemetery.

Later I wrote to them in 2006 and found out that she was in Space 4, Lot 2230, Whispering Pines which is very near the entrance and we drove right by her.  The blob of yellow on the map is where Whispering Pines is located in the cemetery.  The arrow is where he son William is buried.

Forest Lawn - Glendale

Forest Lawn – Glendale

Charlotte’s tombstone or memorial plaque is not listed at Find A Grave, William her son is listed but no photo of his plaque.

Find A Grave:

The letter went on to state the following:  “Due to the extensive number of descendents with the surnames of Boardman and McMurray, we will need more information.  If you can provide us with first names, dates of birth, death or ages at the time of death, we will search our files again.”

I ran a search at Find A Grave and found 24 Boardmans and 48 McMurrays.  There is not enough detail to tell if there is anything interesting to pursue.  Why did she go to California?  Was she tired of the cold and wet or were their other family members near besides her son William and his family?  I don’t know.  What happened to the family bible that she took with her from New Brunswick?  I don’t know.

Charlotte with a unknown baby

Charlotte with an unknown baby

On July 1, 1938 Charlotte’s journey had ended.  She was born in New Brunswick and migrated from there in the early 1880’s with her husband Edmund. They settled in Winnipeg and she lived there till about 1915 when she moved to Vancouver B.C. to live with my grandparents Robert and Ethel.    In 1917 she migrated to West Seattle, Washington with Robert and Ethel.  About 1924 the family traveled to Pasadena in California and she remained behind to live with her son William and his family till her death in 1938.

I learned were she was buried when I obtained her death certificate from California.  It reads:

Street address:  130 North Catalina St., female, cauc, widowed, spouse – Edmund Boardman, born Oct 12, 1855, age 82 yrs, 8 months, 19 days, housewife, own home, born in New Brunswick, Canada.  Name first name of father unknown last name McMurray, father’s birthplace unknown, mother’s name and birthplace unknown.  Informant is Alice Boardman at 130 No. Catalina, Pasadena, burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery 7/2/1938.  Embalmer #2420, Frank J. Keaton, Forest Lawn Memorial Association, Inc., Glendale, California, Fernand K. Saars., Filed July 2, 1938 Wilton L. Halverson local registrar.  Died July 1, 1938 attended from 6/1/38 to 7/1/38, died at 2 a.m. from Cardiac exhaustion, aortic stenosis, mitral insufficiency?  Has had arterial hypertension, arteriosclerosis for several years.  No autopsy, signed by J.B. K……..MD at 2553 E. Colorado, Pasadena.

Source:  Standard Certificate of Death, July 1, 1938 #38-042283, Local Reg. 521, State of California, Department of Health Services, Vital Statistics.

Charlotte on the porch of some house

Charlotte on the porch of some house

LESSONS LEARNED:  Always check the cemetery office and search for the principle family surname and others.  You never know what you will find out.  Depending on the cemetery they may charge you for the search or for obtaining funeral records.  Some cemeteries are very careful about the privacy of their family burials.  So have your information ready and be polite.


William Thomas Boardman is buried at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA.

On a trip to Los Angeles in 2004,  I visited the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale and found the gravesite of my great-uncle William T. Boardman.  He was alone in this section of the cemetery for I did not see his wife next to him.  Forest Lawn wrote that he was in Space 1, Lot 295 Eventide.

This is a very large cemetery.  The area called Eventide is through the main gates and up the hill about the middle of the cemetery.  They do have maps to assist you in finding a burial.  It is also part of a very large cemetery chain with the same name but different locations.  The arrow is where William is buried.

Forest Lawn – Glendale

William T. Boardman tombstone

I apologize for the poor photograph, I was having trouble getting a good picture of it as you see that was not happening.

Here is a transcription of his death certificate:

William Thomas Boardman died in the City of Pasadena Rural at 367 North Martelo Ave.  He had been in the community 22 yrs. and in California 23 yrs. and a citizen 23 yrs.  He was not a veteran.  SS#563-14-4603.  He was married to Daisy Emily Alice Boardman and she was 45 at the time of his death.  His birthdate is Jan. 17, 1885 and he was 60 yrs. 3 mos. and 21 days old at time of death.  He was born in Winnipeg, Canada, his occupation was Pharmacist in retail drugs.  His father was Edmund Boardman born in England and his mother was Charlotte Ann McMurray, born in Canada.  The informant was Daisy Emily Alice Boardman.  Burial was on May 11, 1945 in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA.  His usual residence was Pasadena Rural, Los Angeles, Co., California.  His address was 367 North Martelo Avenue.  His date of death was May 8, 1945.  He died of a cerebral hemorrhage 4 days, due to arterio sclerosis, hypertension (years) and cardio-renal disease 2 yrs.

Source:  Death Certificate for William T. Boardman, #79-118471, #45-035549 (B635), Pasadena Rural, Los Angeles Co., California, California Dept. of Public Health.

The Pasadena Public Library provided this obituary notice:

Boardman – William T. Boardman, native of Winnipeg, Canada, and resident of Pasadena for 22 years, beloved husband of Alice Boardman father of Cpl. William E. and Cpl. Robert R. Boardman.  Services Friday at 10 a.m. in the Little Church of the Flowers, Forest Lawn Mortuary in charge.  

Source:  Pasadena Star News May 9, 1945, Page 30, Column 1. The Pasadena Public Library has an obituary service.  Good thing I was persistent and sought another source for his obituary notice.

I figured out that Daisy/Alice had remarried after Willie’s death.  She married someone by the name of Gordon because there is a Daisy in the Social Security Death index with all her first names that fits. She died 9 November 1954 in Los Angeles Co.  I have not found her gravesite at this time.

Source:  California Death Index – Gordon, Daily Emily Alice #559 03 3353, Birth 10 Dec 1890, Canada, Death Date 9 Nov 1954, Los Angeles, Mother’s maiden name is Young, father’s name is Colbeck.

William Boardman – see marker

Maybe someday I will get more time to do more research on William (Willie) and his family.  It is now time to move on to other family members.   As for the yellow blob on the map above, well, it is an interesting story.