IN THE COMPANY OF OREGON PIONEERS AND FOUNDING FAMILIES
Rest Lawn Memorial Park is a 14.35 acre cemetery, located 4.5 miles west of Junction City, Oregon, one half mile north of High Pass Road on Territorial Highway, just soutwest of Cox Butte. The first burial was in 1868, although only 145 individuals were interred there prior to 1900. For much of the 1900's the cemetery was owned and operated by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), Oasis Lodge #42 of Junction City.
MANY NAMES, SAME PLACE
The cemetery has had a number of names over the years, including the Barrow Cemetery, the Bear Creek Cemetery, Cox Butte Cemetery, IOOF Junction City Cemetery, Long Tom Cemetery, Mahon Cemetery, and Oasis Lo9dge #42 IOOF Cemetery. In the mid to late 1960's, the cemetery became privately owned and the name was changed to Rest Lawn Memorial Park. The cemetery is still privately owned, and is in the process of adding a range of natural burial options for both cremated and full-body remains.
THE GARDENS OF REST LAWN
Currently, approximately half of the 14.35 acres is developed into five separate gardens for adult burial, along with a section specifically for infants, as well as an area that is restricted to cremation burials. The other half of the acreage is undeveloped; it's currently in semi-mature Doug Fir, with a small birch grove, and the cemetery is expanding into the forest with natural burial options that will become available starting in 2015.
Unlike most rural, historic cemeteries, Rest Lawn Memorial Park has functioned as an Endowment Care Cemetery since the early 1970's, meaning that a percentage of the proceeds from each interment right that is sold are placed in an irreducible care fund. Only the interest from this fund can ever be used, assuring client families that Rest Lawn will always be well maintained with the interest available from the funds.
The cemetery is licensed by the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board and is also registered with the Oregon State Dept. of Consumer and Business Services to sell trust-funded pre-arrangement plans. Although far from busy roadways, Rest Lawn Memorial Park can be easily accessed from either Corvallis or the Eugene area (see Directions - LINK HERE)
NATURAL BURIAL AT REST LAWN
In keeping with its historical culture, where simple wood coffins were placed directly in the earth, without the use of concrete vaults or liners, Rest Lawn Memorial Park has opened the park up for vault-free, "natural earth interments" (sometimes referred to as "green burial" or "natural burial") and clients are no longer be required to purchase an "Outer Burial Container". (See Natural Burials link for more information).
Cynthia Beal, founder of the Natural Burial Company, is now advising Rest Lawn Memorial Park on its natural burial program. The cemetery continues to offer the traditional casket-and-vault burials but is making new natural options available. To learn more about natural burial here, or to become involved in our volunteer habitat builders team, contact us by phone at the cemetery. We'd love to talk to you!
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