For as many years as folks can remember, there was a large piece of property adjacent to the St. John’s Parish House on which two decrepit single wide trailers stood. Then, in 2002 those trailers were removed and St. John’s was able to purchase the land. Very soon thereafter, discussion began to focus on the use of that space for a Memorial Garden, so a committee was formed to study this issue.
Over the next several years the committee visited other churches that had the means to inter remains and interest evolved in having a columbarium rather than just a memorial garden.
In 2006, Peyton Foster, an architect, moved to Marion and joined St. John’s. He drew up several scenarios incorporating the steep roof used on the church building, and the parish became committed to making this happen. Due to the volunteer design work as well as Peyton and R. S. Forbes assuming the majority of the construction, the project was completed in 2010.
St. John’s Columbarium details: The Columbarium and Memorial Garden are primarily for members of St. John’s and their families. Within the Columbarium area there are walkways and seating areas where loved ones can meditate and pray. In In 2013 a labyrinth memorial fund was established for Milton Huffman. Peyton Foster created the design for our small spiral and it was completed in 2017. It is located in the area south of the Parish Hall near the Columbarium and is accessible at all times for meditation and prayer.
Our main Columbarium is in the form of a wall, which currently houses 70 niches, each having capacity for two urns. The wall can house an additional 70 niches for future need. In the center of the Columbarium wall is a Memorial area where plaques can be inscribed, in memory of those we love who are buried elsewhere.
For those who wish an in-ground internment, there are two garden options. One with 33 granite markers and in-ground niches offers a space where cremated remains can be buried. Across from the private internment area is a memorial garden space where cremains can be directly interred in the ground. This space has a plaque for the names of all who choose this option.
Our Columbarium fee schedule is based on the area being purchased. A fund has been established from fees and donations to provide perpetual care.