Santa Cruz County History - People

A Walk Through Time: Henry and Marion Meyrick
by Janet Krassow and
by Randy Krassow

The graves of 23-year-old Henry Meyrick Jr., and his wife, 21-year-old Marion Armstrong, contain the seeds of tragedy worthy of the talents of any great romance writer. Meyrick was the shy retiring son of a prominent local businessman and his wife, a fun loving daughter of a neighbor. In spite of their personality differences they were inseparable throughout their childhood and adolescence. So when Armstrong came of age, they were married amid bright prospects for a happy future, receiving the blessing of all who knew them.

Photograph of Henry and Marion Meyrick's memorial
Henry and Marion Meyrick's Memorial

But fate is seldom the way you wish it to be, and so, eight months after their wedding, Marion was smitten by a mysterious ailment, passed away, and was buried at the Santa Cruz Memorial Park. Her death left Henry shaken with grief and inconsolable. From that moment on his life was inexorably changed as he slipped deeper and deeper into melancholy. Then, on the evening of February 26, 1888, Meyrick made his way to the cemetery and curled up on the grave of his beloved. Later, as the fog rolled in from the sea and enveloped the graveyard, he put a small pistol to his heart and pulled the trigger. Henry and Marion were buried side by side to rest together in eternity.

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