Despite having lived through the incredible time of Nauvoo, crossing the plains, establishing the Salt Lake Valley, serving as a Bishop, the simple summary of his life was inscribed as follows:
Sacred to the Memory of Bishop John Mills Wooley
Born November 20, 1822 in
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Baptised Nauvoo Oct 7, 1840
Ordained Bishop of the Ninth Ward October 1856
Departed this life August 18, 1864
Died by a blow from rocks by a sliding log in Cottonwood Kanyon
I find the forgotten history sad. I find the deterioration of the headstones tragic. And I find the fact that all this will be my fate harrowing.
I know I mean very little to the world. I hope I mean something enough to someone that when my head stone begins to fall apart, someone cares.