"Tread lightly upon / this soil for beneath / this sod sleeps a / loving father"
It took me a moment but I realized I had read that inscription before, on the gravestone of Malinda's second husband, William James Conder (1832-1911).
The quote was Malinda's! Either she coined it, or she heard it somewhere else and it spoke to her so well that she chose to have it place on the gravestone of both her husbands.
This is part of why I do history the way I do. It isn't the grand scope and the rise and fall of civilizations that pushes me on to dig in the details of people's lives. It is the insight into their soul this gives that memorizing dates will never reveal.
J R Hudson's gravestone
W. J. Conder's gravestone