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Janet Gerber kneels Friday afternoon next to the grave of Mary Dillon, which is located on a hill above her home. Gerber is trying to piece together details about Dillon, who died in January 1915.

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Clues from the past: Museum employee ‘intrigued’ by woman buried near home

On a hill some five miles west of Craig, a mystery lingers. A group of mourners gathered here in January 1915 to lay to rest Mary Dillon, a mother, widow and invalid of nearly 30 years. According to her obituary in The Craig Empire, Dillon’s gravesite on the hill was intended to be a temporary resting place. Her body was interred there, at her request, “awaiting the time of removal to McDonald County, Mo., where the wife and mother will eventually rest beside the bodies of husband and son.”


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