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The IOOF Cemetery in Sonora is one of the county’s oldest, most historic cemeteries, and is the final resting place of many of the community’s 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 vandalism 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.


115 West Lytton Street, Sonora CA


Stories from the Grave 

Faithfully serving our community since 1853

Below are stories of people at rest in our cemetery.  Their stories are a window into the past and a way for us to keeps their memories alive.

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