Descanso Eterno Cemetery
The Descanso Eterno Cemetery Association was established in 1939 with land donated under the City Charter. Maintenance is provided on a volunteer basis with the help of a few benefactors and private donations.
The Cemetery is located between S. Live Oak St. and S. Aransas St in the 700 and 800 blocks. The Park entrance is on S. Live Oak, and the road is a semicircular drive beginning after lot 21 and curving back at approximately lot 54. There is a remnant of fence at approximately lot 45 and the chronological dates change which would indicate that additional property was annexed about 1945.
Row one of this schematic begins at the far south corner of S Aransas and W McArthur Streets running parallel with S Aransas or what is commonly known as the Lake Rd up until the drive. Row 2 will begin to the immediate west of Row 1 also ending at the drive. Row 3 begins at McArthur and continues all the way to the last lot or last drive. Lots in each row are numbered in a continuous manner regardless of the road or fenceline. Since the Park is filled, we have assumed there are a number of unmarked graves. Unmarked graves and unreadable tombstones are identified as UNKNOWN.
The Park is presently filled to capacity and another site has been dedicated as Descanso Eterno Cemetery #2 on Montana St east of Hwy 359.
There may be errors in this survey either due to transcription or the fact that many of the stones are quite ancient. Some of the stones are obviously from Old Mexico and the names may have followed the old tradition of placing the woman's maiden name in the surname position as we know it. As with all genealogical research, it is recommended to visit the site to validate information.
This survey was completed July 2004 by Marvin and Ann Groom Lenz. It is dedicated to the graduating class of 1965 and those Veterans of the Vietnam era and other wars who have found DESCANSO ETERNO as their final resting places.
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