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Magnolia Memorial Park
Garden Grove, Orange County, California

12241 Magnolia Avenue
Garden Grove CA 92841

Lat: 33° 47' 03"N, Lon: 117° 58' 35"W

Submitted by Barbara Gossett, Jun 26, 2010, last edited Jul 14, 2011 [babsgossett@sbcglobal.net]. Total records = 3,131.

To reach this cemetery take the Santa Ana Freeway (5) north or south to the Garden Grove (22) Freeway. and continue west to Magnolia Street. It is just north of Hwy 22 and east of Beach Blvd (Hwy 39).

The Westminster Cemetery Association purchased ten acres in April 1882, and sold about 4.85 acres to William Lamson. The remaining 5.15 acres became a graveyard. On 14 Sept 1926, the Westminster Cemetery Association changed its name to "Westminster Cemetery District". The name was subsequently changed in February 1967, to Magnolia Memorial Park, to avoid confusion with a privately owned cemetery in Westminster with a similar name.

In 1985, the cemetery was taken over by the Orange County Cemetery District, a public agency which also operated cemeteries in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and El Toro. In 1994, the District downsized due to an Orange County bankruptcy, and sold the cemetery to the Omega Society. In October of 2001, the cemetery was purchased by Rose Drive Baptist Church, which operates it today as their Tapestry Christian Fellowship group.

The cemetery is very well-maintained. Some of the older stones are deteriorate, probably a dozen of the stones I viewed were completely illegible, and are not included in the listing. It is an historic cemetery. The new owners say they hope to restore it totally and maintain it as a non-profit cemetery.

I walked this cemetery from Jun 21, 2010 to Jul 13, 2010, transcribing from all existing and legible headstones and markers.

- Barbara Gossett

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