Weeping Angel - My Special Angel LbNA # 53675
|Owner||Lone Star Quilter|
|Placed Date||May 24 2010|
Angel of Grief is an 1894 sculpture by the American artist William Wetmore Story which serves as the grave stone of the artist and his wife at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome, Italy. The monument is also referred to as "The Weeping Angel" and has been copied many times since the original one was carved. The special angel that first caught my eye was the Hill monument in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston and I knew that it needed a letterbox so people would come to see it. I started doing a little research and found the Youree monument in the Scottsville Cemetery near Marshall. It was carved by the great German/Texan artist Frank Teich and placed at the grave of Scott Youree, who died in 1904. That’s where I placed my first “Angel” box, called Grief. I recently went back to Glenwood and placed Angel Band at the Hill Angel. We came across this one in Holy Cross Cemetery in Waco when we were looking for another letterbox and I put it on my list of special angels that deserved a letterbox, so now it can be marked off. The Weeping Angels have become special to me and remind me of the Bobby Helms song, You Are My Special Angel. Some of the lyrics go like this:
You are my Special Angel,
Sent from up above,
The Lord smiled down on me
And sent an angel to love.
The idea of an Angel weeping over a soul that has been laid to rest is comforting to me. Angels do care and have the human emotion of sorrow. Sorrow that the soul’s days on Earth are done, followed by joy that the soul now resides in Heaven.
Emilio Davila was born in Mexico in 1864, and his wife, Juanita, in 1866. At some point, they came to Texas and Emilio became a successful merchant in the little town of Rosebud, south of Waco. He died in February, 1928 and his beloved Juanita followed in December of that year. This special Angel that marks their grave attests to their earthly success. This cemetery doesn't have the drama and beauty of the Scottsville Cemetery nor does it have the architectural grandeur and history of Glenwood Cemetery. The white marble of the angel is tarnished, the bushes overgrown, but the dignity and the serenity of the Davila Angel is not to be denied. (Since the box was placed, the bushes have been trimmed and the marble cleaned. There is a note in the logbook from Ed, the cemetery's caretaker, that he is taking care of the letterbox for me and keeping the bushes trimmed. Thanks, Ed!).
This box is located at Holy Cross Cemetery, Waco, Texas, at the intersection US 77 Business and 5th St., next to Oakwood Cemetery.
To the box:
Drive in the gate and follow the road to the back of the cemetery. You won't have any trouble finding the "Weeping Angel" monument. The box is to the Angel's left side, on the ground, under the bush, covered with a rock. Please respect the place and the monument and rehide the box as you found it so that it will remain for others to find.