Family’s sweet nod to late great-grandmother with one-of-a-kind gravestone

Oct 08, 2020
The unusual tribute was definitely a standout in the cemetery. Source: Getty.

Finding the right way to remember loved ones and etch their memory into history can be tricky. But one family’s unique decision has gone viral for all the right reasons.

The family of the late Naomi Odessa Miller-Dawson, who died in June 2008 at age 86, decided to add something special to the top of her gravestone to help keep her memory alive, and it just so happened to be the recipe for her famous cookies.

Front-on, the great-grandmother’s headstone looks quite normal with a lovely dedication carved into the front that reads: “Beloved mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother”. But when peering over the top, onlookers would be able to see how the headstone forms the visual of a recipe book with the pages turned to Miller-Dawson’s famous “Spritz Cookies” recipe.

Seen in Brooklyn’s historic Greenwood Cemetery from Old_Recipes

According to the family, she was famous for the beloved baked treats which is why her family decided to put it smack-bang on the very top of her gravestone to be shared with everyone who came to visit.

Spritz cookies are a very specific type of sugar biscuit that are known for holding their shape when they’re being baked. They’re usually some of the best bases for anyone looking to decorate with icing as they won’t expand or crumble when they’re being baked.

The gravestone is located in Brooklyn, New York in the historic Greenwood Cemetery and was spotted by an eagle-eyed Reddit user who posted it to the site. Since then it’s gone viral and had been shared thousands of times.

One commenter made the cheeky observation that having the recipe on the gravestone may have been an intentional joke from the deceased as they wrote: “I’d like to think it was her signature recipe, and when folks asked to have it she said “over my dead body.”

Meanwhile others praised the idea saying it was a great concept and wondered if they should do something similar for themselves. One commenter wrote: “The recipe equivalent of a tombstone bench. Still helping others even after they’re gone.”

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