Monday, August 9, 2010

Crowned Angel

Found this crowned angel at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Calvin Fletcher Burnes
February 18, 1830
July 29, 1895

Kate Hughes Burnes
Wife of
Calvin Burnes
August 12, 1838 - June 8, 1904

This was the only information I  could find on the Burnes family. I found the following in Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri by Howard Louis Conard.

Look at all the symbolism they crammed into one monument.  The obvious angel, a crown, a palm leave, a cut tree, an Easter lily, and the drapery (Not sure if that was what they were going for but that is what I think it is. Why else would she have the material draped over her arm?). And if you notice in the bunch of flowers she is holding she has a daisy and a rose.


  1. How tall was this bugger! Love the background of the sky!

  2. I would take a guess and say 15 to 20 ft tall. She towered over us.