How it works
The "Adopt a Grave" program is a volunteer effort to help restore the IOOF Cemetery in Sonora. A person or group can adopt a gravesite. There is no limit to the number of graves a person may adopt, nor how many people may be involved in one adoption. Each Adoption comes with a "Adoption Certificate" and a picture of the gravesite and the location. Adopting a grave is a promise to visit the gravesite periodically and take care of it. In doing so, you will also help improve the appearance of our Cemetery located at 115 Lytton Street in Sonora.
If you are unable to adopt a grave any donation is greatly appreciated and will go into our cemetery fund for the purpose of resetting stones, materials, and treatments, in addition to overall preservation.
Donations and Registration Forms can be mailed to;
IOOF Sonora Lodge #10
10 West Dodge Street
Sonora, CA 95372
Your Tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marble stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died when I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely on our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
Thank someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.
For questions you can contact the Cemetery Trustee, Denine Urquhart, at