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Over My Dead Body?

I saw something on a friend's Facebook that I thought I'd look into in more detail. It was a picture of a gravestone that made me wonder if it were real or just photoshopped. Here's what it looks like:

Gravestone Cookie Recipe

With an easy web search, I found an article telling about the tombstone and the story behind it.

I thought maybe the story would read that, when asked for the recipe for her Christmas cookies, the woman would always reply, "Over my dead body!" But apparently when this wife and mother from Iowa died, her family tried to think of a way to honor her. And that's how they did it. The article states,

Her daughter, Jane Menster of rural Bernard, says she and her father were searching for a way to remember their mother's generosity. She says the sugar cookie recipe serves as a reminder of her mother's love, and an enduring holiday tradition for their family.

Here's the front of the gravestone.

Maxine Menster GravestoneFront

Here's the picture I saw on my friend's Facebook.

Over My Dead Body

I'm glad I took the time to delve into the story a little more deeply. I have to wonder how often in life, when we take things at face value, we miss out on the real story. It would have been easy to think that what I saw was the real story because I know of people who will either not give out a treasured recipe or who will change an amount or ingredient so that whoever makes the recipe won't get the same results.

Do you have any family recipes that will be given out only over someone's dead body? Do you have any funny, yet real, gravestone epitaphs you would like to share?


"When you're climbing the ladder, be careful which wall your ladder is leaning against." — Bill Moorehead

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How much time do you spend planning the good you can do?

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4 Comments on “Over My Dead Body?”

  1. #1 Malcolm Cummings
    on Nov 19th, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Here lies dear departed Dave. He chased a bear into a cave!


    I told you I was sick!

  2. #2 Jonathan
    on Nov 19th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I have recipes I don’t give out for two reasons.
    1 I don’t teach middle age women how to cook. (They’re the ones that ask)
    2 I don’t measure my ingredients, so I don’t know the details.

  3. #3 Rob
    on Nov 19th, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Those sound like very good reasons, Jonathan. I didn’t realize you were such a good cook. 😉

  4. #4 Laura B
    on Nov 24th, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    My mom and her dad always competed over parts of Thanksgiving dinner. She always tried to get her stuffing and mashed potatoes to come out as well as his did, but she had to guess to an extent, because he wouldn’t share his recipes.

    One year, Grandpa confided in my sister how he made his stuffing. Mom found out and wondered why . . . so he relented and told her, “Well, you need to throw in a WHOLE BOX of poultry seasoning . . .”

    Suspicious, Mom checked with sis later. Although my sister didn’t say how much really was required (as far as I know), she did verify that Grandpa was pulling Mom’s leg. I’m glad Mom found out before trying it on our next bird!