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I finally found the Ericksons’ memorial, but I did not notice the lack of a death date for Ramona Erickson until I reviewed a picture from my camera. A representative from Sunset Memorial Park’s office later told me that this result is very uncommon. The representative guessed that the stone was not purchased from the park, and that the family did not arrange for the date to be placed on the stone. The fact that Sunset Memorial Park has no contract for a tombstone in the Ericksons’ file supports his theory. Unfortunately, the lack of a death date makes it appear that Ramona Erickson’s husband predeceased her and she has yet to join him. For this reason, the story of Ramona Erickson’s struggle cries out to be told, and telling this story honors her legacy. Moreover, it reminds us of the struggles with discrimination that many minoritized groups have faced and continue to face today.
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