Rose Hills Memorial Park
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Rose Hills Memorial Park is located in Whittier, California. It is owned and operated by Service Corporation International (formerly, Loewen Group). It claims to be the largest cemetery in North America.
|Owned by||Dignity Memorial|
|Size||1,400 acres (570 ha)|
|No. of graves||>450,000|
|Find a Grave||Rose Hills Memorial Park|
- Whittier Heights Mausoleum, built in 1917 as "Mausoleum #1" or "The Little Mausoleum", was the second public mausoleum in California (the first being at Anaheim Cemetery in Anaheim) and portrays a sense of early California architecture with its Spanish Renaissance influence.
- Over a period of years, four garden mausoleums (Terrace of Memories, Court of Eternal Light, Mausoleum of the Valley, and Lakeview Mausoleum) were constructed.
- El Portal de la Paz (Doorway of Peace) was dedicated in 1930 as part of the initial expansion program at the cemetery. Complete with an enclosed outdoor garden and fountain, Rose Hills' second mausoleum reflects California's early Spanish Mission era. The hallways are named for the California Missions.
- The Buddhist Columbarium: Built in 1999, located on 2.5 acres (10,000 m2) at the highest elevation of Rose Hills, is the largest Buddhist pagoda in the United States. The three-story structure, containing 21,000 niches for the interment of cremated remains, is supported by crimson pillars and golden glazed tiles replicating the architecture of ancient Chinese palaces. The pagoda is associated with Fo Guang Shan's Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights.
- Rainbow Chapel, built in 1942 as "Rose Chapel", is an example of early California Mission architecture. This chapel features large windows overlooking gardens and has a maximum seating capacity of 90 people. It is located behind El Portal de la Paz Mausoleum.
- Hillside Chapel, built in 1956, is a contemporary diamond-shaped structure surrounded by a garden area. The interior was created for an effect of a sunrise through its rose-tinted skylight and 22-foot (6.7 m)-high windows. Hillside Chapel seats up to 182 people. This building is said to have perfect acoustics.
- Sky Church, also completed in 1956, was destroyed by the Whittier earthquake of 1987.
- Memorial Chapel has three tall, white spires. It was completed in 1964 as a memorial to John D. Gregg, President of Rose Hills from 1950–1959 and son of Rose Hills founder Augustus Gregg. Memorial Chapel seats approximately 192 people.
- SkyRose Chapel is on a central hilltop with a view of the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles Skylines to the West and Sycamore Valley to the East. SkyRose Chapel seats 300 people. The building consists of three levels, the upper containing a custom Quimby pipe organ, one of the largest in the Los Angeles area. The lower level is an 11,200 sq. ft. mausoleum. The corridors of the mausoleum are named for the woods used in the building's construction.
- Cherry Blossom Lawn, a Japanese garden with 2-acre Lake of the Roses (0.81 ha) and an Azumaya (meditation house).
- Alvin Ailey, Jr., African American modern dancer
- George W.C. Baker, Los Angeles City Council member, 1931–35
- Jerry Barber, golfer
- Rusty Burrell, Los Angeles County Superior Court sheriff's deputy, and bailiff for Judge Joseph Wapner, The People's Court
- Timothy Carey, actor
- Bob Chandler, NFL wide receiver
- Boyd Coddington, Hot Rod Builder, owner of the Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop and star of American Hot Rod
- Sally S. Emory, president of Girls' Friendly Society
- Jaime Escalante, educator
- Ron Glass, actor
- Bryan Gregory, musician, guitarist for The Cramps
- Nathan Wesley Hale, American politician
- Harold A. Henry, Los Angeles City Council president
- Dick Hoerner, American football player
- William Hopper, actor
- Clara Horton, actress
- T. C. Jones, female impersonator, actor, dancer
- Goodwin Knight, 31st Governor of California
- Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
- Jack Larson, actor, played Jimmy Olsen on Adventures of Superman
- Tommy Lasorda, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers baseball manager
- Billy Laughlin, actor, played Froggy in Our Gang
- Guan Linzheng, Chinese general
- Keye Luke, Chinese-born American actor
- Dave MacDonald, IndyCar driver
- Felicitas Mendez, an American civil rights pioneer.
- Bob Meusel, baseball player of the 1920s
- Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian American physician and actor, winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, 1984
- Members of the Richard Nixon family (his parents, Francis A. and Hannah, and his brothers: Harold, Donald, and Arthur; Richard & Patricia Nixon are buried at his presidential library in Yorba Linda.)
- Hsin Ping, Buddhist monk, fourth and fifth abbot of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order in Taiwan (portion of ashes)
- Mallie Robinson, mother of Jackie Robinson, MLB's first African-American player
- John Spenkelink, second man to be executed after the reintroduction of the death penalty in the United States
- Robin Stille, actresses (Slumber Party Massacre: Valerie)
- Felicia Tang, American actress and model
- Mickey Thompson, American racing legend
- Joseph Tommasi, American Nazi Party leader
- Thuy Trang, Vietnamese-born American actress who was cremated here, played Trini Kwan/Yellow Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
- Dương Văn Minh, South Vietnamese President from 1963–1964 and 1975
- Alan Wiggins, baseball player of the 1980s
- Eazy-E (Eric Wright), American rapper, hip hop producer, and record executive
- Shyong, Frank (March 31, 2014) "Rose Hills cemetery cultivates Chinese clientele" Los Angeles Times
- Brooks, Nancy Rivera (September 21, 1996). "Rose Hills Memorial Park to Be Sold for $240 Million". Los Angeles Times.
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