Bev Krotz was hostess for the Thursday afternoon, June 27, 2019, Fleur-de-Lis Club meeting. Members and guests, Marianne Hanshaw and Mary Capper, met at 1:30 p.m., at the Jones-Eden Funeral Home in Washington.
Nancy Kimmel, president, conducted a short business meeting. Roll call was answered with each member and guests telling of their summer plans. The secretary and treasurer reports were read by Linda Birney, Sec./Treas. The club will not meet during the months of July and August.
Following the meeting, Marty Beenblossom, owner of the Jones-Eden Funeral Home, handed out Funeral Home Quiz with multiple choices for each questions. He gave a very informative program and tour of their facility and the test questions were answered throughout his presentation. He outlined the progression of owners starting with Wilbur Miller constructing the first building in 1911. This was designated as the first funeral home west of the Mississippi River in Washington. The Funeral Home was sold to Charles Woodford of Brighton due to the death of Mr. Miller in 1917 because of the widespread flu epidemic. Louis Jones then took ownership in 1924 and in 1944, he and his wife Florence, who was also a licensed mortician, and their son, Willis, formed a partnership and ran the Jones Funeral Home. In 1959, the Fox Theater was purchased and renovated into what is the foyer and garage for the cars. It was noted that one of the club’s members, Bev Crandall, had ushered at the Fox Theater in earlier years. Then in 1968, Willis C. Jones purchases the Home from his parents and in 1979, former employees John Moenck and Wayne Davis become the co-owners of the Funeral Home. With the death of Wayne Davis, John Moenck was the sole owner and Martin Beenblossom began working at the Funeral Home. The Jones Funeral Home bought the Eden Funeral Home and they merged in 1996. Marty started working at the Funeral Home in 1985 part-time when in high school and began full time in 1991. Marty then purchased the Jones-Eden Funeral Home in 2005. There have been many renovations and additions through the years. In 2011 the Jones-Eden Funeral Home celebrated their 100th anniversary of being in Washington. Amber Trettin, a licensed mortician, has been employed for the past five years at the Funeral Home.
The group viewed the casket and vault room showing many on display along with urns used in cremation. Most all caskets are made in the United States with wood caskets being more expensive. Some metal caskets are made outside the U.S. and with tariffs on steel, the prices increase for these. He discussed the various donor programs, cremation versus earth burial, legal disposition of bodies, costs and various other answers to questions the group had. They also have on display cemetery stones and samples to choose/select from. Whitney Monument Works is who prepares and sets the stones for the Funeral Home.
Also of interest, in the garage area are hanging four large chalk murals drawn for the 175th Washington celebration of each side of the business square. There are also many antique pieces on display including a large music box with metal discs. This was originally shipped to the Midland Hotel in Brighton from Germany in 1898. It had been passed down to family members and then was purchased in 1998 for the Funeral Home.
Following the program and tour, members and guests enjoyed delicious peach pie prepared by the hostess. After visiting, members departed for the afternoon.
The next meeting will be Sept. 26, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., with Pat Stout and Jana Stout as hostesses.