Optimism dashed

 

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HOME AT LAST

DORIS MARIE

SEWARD

1917 — 20

            1999

SHE WAS AN OPTIMIST

I.U. CLASS OF 1938 

There is a tiny cemetery in the middle of the Indiana University campus next to the Beck Chapel.  Only a couple of dozen people are buried there.  One gravestone of note, is for Doris Marie Seward, whose epitaph describes her as an optimist.  Indeed, her gravestone carver believed she would live into the next millennium, first carving 20, the beginning of 2000 with the death date to be filled in later.  She did not make it and the 20 was crossed out for her death year of 1999.  She almost made it.

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5 Responses to Optimism dashed

  1. Mary Kim Schreck says:

    There’s no “white-out” for mistakes in granite!

  2. krocksauce says:

    Her tombstone looks older than 15 years.

  3. redsmarteez says:

    I laughed at this one. Ultimately, we are all optimists, at least for a while.

  4. redsmarteez says:

    Funny stone. Who’s the better comic, the carver or the corpse?

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