Saturday, September 22, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #39

The inimitable comedic actress Alice Ghostley died Friday in California.

Where are her parents buried?

Extra credit: At what hospital did her father die?


Alice Margaret Ghostley's parents:
Harry F. & Edna [Rooney] Ghostley are buried at:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Siloam Springs, Benton Co. Ark. Block 29, Lot 32, spaces 1 & 2.

Harry died at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City MO.
sources: 1930 Benton Co Ark, census. Missouri death certificates,


Harry F. Ghostly died in Missouri in 1933 so it is easy to find his death certificate online. His death certificate indicates he is buried in "Silome Spring, Ark" which I presume is Siloam Springs, Arkansas and possible where they both are buried? I would like to find the cemetery but ran out of time ...! Edna was living in Oklahoma when she died in 1965 according to the SSDI.


Almost forgot, he died at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri

Drew Smith

According to the records of the Oak Hill Cemetery of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Harry F. and Edna Ghostly [sic] are buried there.

According to the Missouri State Archives, Harry F. Ghostley died at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.


According to several biographies, Alice Ghostley was the daughter of Harry F. & Edna Ghostley.

In the 1930 US Census they were living in Siloam Springs, Arkansas [ incorrectly indexes the surname as "Ghastley", I've submitted a correciton]

The web site for Oak Hill Cemetery, in the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas shows the following buried there:
GHOSTLY, Edna 29 / 32 / 2 / 1965
GHOSTLY, Harry F. 29 / 32 / 1 / 1933

I'm still researching for extra credit.


Benton County Arkansas Cemetery Index
Edna M Ghostley ???? 1965 Siloam Springs, AR; Oak Hill Cemetery; also known as Siloam Springs Cem.
Harry F Ghostley 1886 - 1933 Siloam Springs AR; Oak Hill Cemetery; also known as Siloam Springs Cem.

1930 Siloam Springs District 31, Benton Co AR Census
1310 76 85 Ghostley, Harry F head 0 2000 m w 44 m 35 MN NJ MN operator telegrapher
, Edna M f w 39 m 30 OK IL IL
, Gladys R dau f w 8 s OK MN OK
, Alice M dau f w 6 s MO MN OK

Several sources said her mother's name was Edith. I only found Edna. Edna died in Oklahoma.

I can't find Harry's Hospital. If he died in Arkansas, it would either be a hospital in Siloam Springs or Fayettevile, but Siloam Springs is on the OK border and not too far from Tulsa. Looked for an obit and for a death certificate. Came up empty. I admit defeat.


Ugh, I give up... just gonna guess since its the only hospital in town.

Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital



Found it:
St Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. as per death certificate:
Harry F Ghostly (as it appears on death certificate)
Missouri Death Certificate Number 33242
Jackson County, Kansas City MO
Date of death Oct 23, 1933
W P Miller, M.D. 707 Argyle
Father: Harry Ghostly born MN
Mother: Margaret Walker born unknown
Informant: Mrs Edna Ghostley of Silom Spring AR
St Mary's Hospital


Wow, this one was answered in record time.

The answer is Oak Hill Cemetery in
Siloam Springs, Arkansas. The family was living in Siloam Springs in 1933 when Harry died in 1933 at St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

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