Learn our story, from the beginning and into the future.
Ever since we opened our gates we have approached life (and death) differently. While some just see the end of a loved one’s life as a time for grief and mourning, we prefer to think of it as a time for reflection, appreciation and even celebration. This is evident in everything we do, from the way we conduct our services to the amenities we choose to offer. We are not a burial ground. We are a close knit community dedicated to honoring, sharing and preserving the amazing and inspirational stories that are life.
In a nutshell? Experience, professionalism, compassion, and empathy.
We've learned a lot over many years. Like how to present options without overwhelming. And how to meet the needs of many caring parties. People come to us in difficult times, and we respond kindness, calmness and expertise. Our goal is to create a beautiful occasion and make you feel welcome, always. We spend our days planning with families. We stay up to date with industry developments. And we make hard times a little easier.
Learn the legacy.
Since 1961, thousands of families have chosen Hawthorn Memorial Gardens for their loved ones. The traditions of The Avenue of Flags, Annual Luminary Service, and Grief Programs go above and beyond what families typically expect of a cemetery. Also many families choose Hawthorn because it is a perpetual care cemetery (a portion of every property sale is set aside into a perpetual care fund and only the interest can be used for maintenance). Others like its location surrounded by the Jefferson City Country Club and the garden-like setting our flat bronze memorials convey.
The helpful staff at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens invites you to tour our cemetery today. The cemetery offers a variety of affordable options to satisfy different needs for traditional ground burial, cremated remains (niche) or mausoleum entombment. We encourage family members to take a walk around the gardens so they can view different headstones and grave markers.
Hawthorn Memorial Gardens is a non-denominational cemetery. We can work with local funeral homes as well as funeral homes around the country.
Who We Are
Meet our staff. Members of the local community make everything that happens possible.
Together, we make this place amazing.
Office ManagerRead Bio
"It has been my distinct pleasure to work for Hawthorn Memorial Gardens for the past ten years. Our families are my Number 1 Priority. I am honored to be able to work with families during a difficult time to assure them that their loved ones will never be forgotten by us."
Board PresidentRead Bio
Diane became very familiar with Hawthorn Memorial Gardens after the passing of her grandfather.
"I started taking my granny to events at Hawthorn after my grandfather passed. I’ve always been so impressed with the beauty and respectfulness of the Gardens. The events tugged at my heart and one evening, Mark Millard asked if anyone wanted to speak. No one stood... So I stood and thanked the board for all they did. Yes, shortly after, I received an invitation to join the board and I can honestly say, this group is like family. We care for one another, we care for you and we care for your loved ones."
Board Secretary & TreasurerRead Bio
Brenda retired from the Office of Administration in 2009 and currently works part-time as an Accounting Assistant for the Missouri Department of Conservation.
She is married to Louis Gieck and they have two sons, Lenny and Louis. They also have five grandchildren. Brenda is a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Preceptor Theta Chapter, and Concord Baptist Church where she serves as a Clerk and Sunday School Teacher.
Brenda has both close friends and family members buried at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
Board MemberRead Bio
Michael, a Jefferson City native, had turned to Hawthorn Memorial Gardens at one of the most difficult times in his life.
"When my mother passed away and then my brother a few years later, my family was making arrangements and we were so impressed at how the staff took great care of us and guided us through the process. They were like family! Shortly after Mom's passing I was asked to join the board and I gladly accepted. Being a life-long native of Jefferson City it is an honor and privilege to serve our community and to provide comfort to those who have lost a loved one. It's my way of paying it forward."
Board MemberRead Bio
Katie is a lifelong resident of this area, and when her husband Bill passed, it was an easy decision as to where he would rest for eternity. Katie also plans to be buried by his side in Hawthorn Memorial Cemetery.
"When asked to become a board member, I quickly accepted. I want to do my part to make Hawthorn a beautiful, caring place for others' loved ones."
Board MemberRead Bio
A family friend, with mutual veterans interests, suggested Barb and her husband Tom Mentzer for potential positions on the Hawthorn Memorial Gardens' Board. Barb and Tom proudly accepted.
"It is our way to help Hawthorn Memorial Gardens and the Board serve the community and provide a much needed service to those experiencing the loss of a loved one."