The chapel at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles–the very chapel in which the funerals of Waite Phillips and Genevieve Phillips were conducted in 1964 and 1978–has a footnote in history: this chapel was first used for the funeral of Marilyn Monroe in 1962.
You’ll be in the same chapel February 1, 2014, when you Celebrate the Lives of Genevieve and Waite Phillips. The Celebration Observance will feature an audio visual tribute by PSA filmmaker Larry McLaughlin, Philmont General Manager John Clark as the host, reminisces and comments by Julie Puckett and Lela Puckett – granddaughter and great granddaughter of the Phillips’s, a keynote address by former PSA President Ed Pease and musical offerings by Philmont’s Rod Taylor.
Following the Celebration Observance is the apex of the event: the moment when you stand upon the open threshold of the Phillips’s mausoleum and pay your respects to the two people who made Philmont possible and who changed your lives and the lives of nearly one million campers.
After this, you’ll explore Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery where most will make a bee-line to the resting place of Miss Monroe. She is not the only celebrity worth searching out: joining her in rest at Westwood is Natalie Wood, Farah Fawcett, Dean Martin, Eva Gabor and many, many others. Westwood is the “Cemetery to the Stars”.
The Celebration is limited to 140 persons – the fire code limit for the chapel and the restaurant at which we will gather for luncheon after you explore the cemetery.