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Posted On: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 08:08 AM, by Mary Howard Leppo
Mary at Alice's grave
Coincidentally, the greatest of the adventures was the last one to find the gravesite of Alice Allen Brant.

Because no known location outside of the cemetery was known for Alice, I did an Internet search before leaving to get the cemetery address. I'm not sure what exactly happened—user error on my part most likely—but the initial address I got online—3547 U.S. 231 for Brick Chapel Methodist Church—is not correct. First, my husband Paul and I kept going back and forth wondering why there was no church. Finally I was able to convince Paul to pull over so I could find maybe another address. This same address came up, so I clicked on "directions." This had us seemingly going, so we thought, a back way in to the address above. However, we quickly found out it took us in to a circle, and we were back on the road where we started.

Finally, we found an address that we felt was the one that would work. Only, the church was not in Greencastle as previously believed. It was past Greencastle in Brick Chapel, Ind.! Once passing the Brick Chapel sign and seeing a sign for Brick Chapel Methodist Church was up ahead, I knew we were on the right path! Finally, 45-50 minutes after leaving Bettie Locke Hamilton's gravesite, we found the church with the cemetery where Alice Allen Brant was buried. Once again, Paul and I braved the rising August humidity and heat and spread out to look for Alice.

I became quite nervous when nearly all of the older gravestones I was seeing were faded and barely legible, in addition to a big tree limb that was down over some of the graves. After about an hour of searching and coming up hot, aggravated, and empty-handed, Paul decides to look to the front, and I decided to look again at the section Paul had just finished looking over. Approximately 15 minutes later, I came upon a pretty large gravestone that said "Allen." This had me pondering, "What if Alice is buried with her parents, rather than her husband, like Bettie Tipton Lindsay?" I looked around and sure enough, children were buried on both sides of the larger headstone. One of those said, "Alice." A closer look revealed something that looked kind of like a plaque. Could it be THE plaque? The founders plaque from the Fraternity? It was! I brushed off some grass that had started to take it over. I happened to look up and saw on the side of the larger headstone was her full name, husband's name, and dates. I was so excited I started yelling at Paul that I found her. He did not hear me. I waved my arms around to signal to him, but he did not see me. Finally I did what my step-kids would do, I texted him, "I found her." My journey to find the graves of all four founders was finally complete!

Mary Howard Leppo, Delta Upsilon/Eastern Kentucky, is the advisory board chairman at her chapter, and is a charter Life Loyal member.

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