Late last month, contractors unearthed a young girl’s casket while digging up the garage floor of a home near Rossi Park. The airtight, metal casket had preserved nearly everything inside including her blond hair and the rose she had in her hands.
At the time, homeowner Ericka Karner named the unidentified girl “Miranda Eve”, and set about finding the proper way to move her burial site.
It’s believed that Miranda was a leftover from the Odd Fellows Cemetery, which was located on what is now Rossi Park, but was decommissioned in the early 1930’s. At that time, all of the cemetery’s remains were moved to Colma, but as we sometimes are reminded, not all of the dead made the trip.
Karner contacted the city of San Francisco, but was told she could not get a burial permit without a death certificate. Thankfully, an organization called Garden of Innocence, which provides burials for abandoned children, stepped in to help Karner with the re-burial.
Miranda was finally laid to rest this past Saturday in a ceremony at Colma’s Greenlawn Memorial Park.
“They carried the casket through a line of Knights of Columbus members dressed in full regalia and over to the young girl’s final resting place, which was covered in flowers and surrounded by nearly 100 onlookers,” reported The Chronicle.
The pulled out all the stops for Miranda’s service, which included “countless baskets of rose petals, a volunteer minister and even a local poet who read an original work to honor the little girl”.
Miranda’s original casket was placed inside a new, cherry-wood casket for the burial since the glass on the original has been broken during the initial investigation by the city’s medical examiner.
For the time being, the girl’s headstone is etched with the name “Miranda Eve” and the words “The Child Loved Around The World – “If no one grieves, no one will remember””.
Research is underway to try and identify the girl, or at least learn more about her, using DNA tests.