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by Marilyn Awtry on 09/26/16

The re-carved Headstone was placed on the gravesite on September 14, 2016.  The call came in at 1:37 PM. stating, "It is Done!"

A hearty thank you to all of you who supported this effort with your generous donations.

Frank Kotowski ordered the scalloped edging to form a flower bed in front of the base of the stone. It should be in place within two weeks. (Oct 10) I have ordered the Seasonal Flowers to be placed in the bed.
Anyone can place the seasonal flowers by going to the Cypress Hills Cemetery Website. 

I know the Fox Sisters are pleased that their Headstone is one again readable and I know I am thrilled that the project is completed. The first steps were taken  in 2007 only to hit major roadblock....but in 2014 action was taken soliciting funds from around the world as well as on line at Crowdwise. The remaining funds will be utilized to keep the stone polished and to place a wreath on the grave on March 31st of each year - The Anniversary of the Birth of Modern Spiritualism.
Persistence paid off!!!
Words are not sufficient to express our gratitude!

Fox Headstone Project - Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

by Marilyn Awtry on 05/07/16

It is happening folks!  The Request for Proposal went out this week.  As soon as proposals come in, we will evaluate, negotiate if necessary, and award a contract. If all goes well the NEW RE-CARVED STONE WILL BE IN PLACE SHORTLY. Watch on this blog as well as Facebook. We are so excited!!  

What better way for Spiritualist to act -- yes, honor our pioneers. They paved the way for Spiritualism of Today!

Joe the Man -- Joe the Spiritualist

by Marilyn Awtry on 01/19/16

In 2001 I submitted an article to the National Spiritualist with that title...Yes it is l5 years on the 26th day of January 2016 since  the Rev. Joseph H. Merrill left us for his journey to the World of Spirit.  Rev. Merrill was President of the NSAC for over 20 years.  His dedication to Spiritualism  was very apparent. He lived his life practicing its philosophy. Mattered not how busy he was for if you had a need, he was ready and willing to assist you. He was not only Pres. Merrill, Joe Merrill, he was my friend. I can clearly hear him conclude his oratory at the Sunday Church Service reciting the poem "It is the Law".


by Marilyn Awtry on 09/05/15

Hi Folks....

Excitement in the air.  The Cemetery has given us the go ahead to re-carve the Headstone of the Fox Sisters which has been unreadable a long time.  We have created a Fund Raiser for this project.

You can do your part by Check made out to Fox Headstone Project/Frank Kotowski, Jr. mailed to P.O.B. 5108  Hauppauge, NY 11788
On line Crowdrise Fund at

All amounts are appreciated.

The stone will be re-carved and the balance of the monies will go into a Trust Fund established for the purpose of preservation of the stone by perpetual care -- thus it won't have to be recarved again in future years.

I first visited the grave with my daughters in 2007 but the other priorities precluded this after eight long years the dream will become reality with the help of Spiritualists of the World, friends and associates.

Many blessings,

Marilyn J. Awtrt=y

Marilyn J. Awtry
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