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When: May 28, 2023, at 11 a.m.
Where: Walkup Grove Cemetery, Atchison County, Missouri
For: All welcome.

A Memorial Service of Worship will be held at Walkup Grove Cemetery, Atchison County on Sunday, May 28, at 11 am. The worship is sponsored by St. Oswald’s-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, with The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce, Bishop Provisional of West Missouri, and Fr. Sidney Breese presiding at this special service. Those in attendance should bring a lawn chair and enjoy the beauty and peace of a historical country cemetery.

Following the worship service, there will be a potluck dinner at St. Oswald’s. Please bring a dish for the meal. In case of inclement weather, worship will be held at St. Oswald’s.

Walkup Grove, about 150 years old, still retains its natural beauty. It is nestled among a grove of hickory nut trees on top of a hill which falls to the west on a sharp decline to the Little Tarkio River. Tranquility and peacefulness reigns here. Travelers over a hundred years ago stopped at Mr. Walkup’s farm and asked for a place on his land to bury their child. This neighborhood cemetery is an ecumenical one with all denominations of religion buried there. At one time, the neighborhood supported Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist and Episcopal churches. St. Oswald’s is now the only remaining church in this area.

Directions to Walkup Grove

Because of road closures on Hwy 46 west of Maryville and EE in Atchison County, traveling to the cemetery via Route N in Atchison and Holt counties is advised.

From Mound City: Take Route N from Mound City and turn east on 280th. (You will be one mile south of Hwy 46). Continue on that gravel road one mile and you will come upon Walkup’s Grove.

From Fairfax: Take Hwy 46 east until Route N. Turn south for one mile and at 280th Street, turn east. Continue on that gravel road until you come to the cemetery.

From Maryville: Due to the Nodaway River bridge closed one mile west of Hwy 113, travel west of Maryville via Hwy 136, until Route N, west of Burlington Junction. Take Route N south, one mile south of Hwy 46 to 280th. Continue on that gravel road one mile to Walkup Grove Cemetery.

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