IOOF CEMETERY SONORA
115 West Lytton Street Sonora, CA
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The IOOF Cemetery in Sonora is one of the countyʼs oldest, most historic cemeteries, and is the final resting place of many of the communityʼs founding members and honored veterans. The IOOF mission is to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan. Early Odd Fellows took burying the dead very seriously, and most lodges purchased cemeteries as soon as a town was formed.
Our cemetery was established in 1856. It is a non endowment cemetery, and receives no funding or maintenance other than what the Sonora lodge members provide. Then, in 2011, a story about the desecration and vandalizam of the Sonora Odd Fellows cemetery was published in the local newspaper, and many new members joined to help revive the Lodge's activity and to help preserve the cemetery.