Galveston woman loses mom’s ashes in missing bag of Mardi Gras beads: report

Mardi Gras beads. File photo by Peter Forest

A Galveston woman lost more than her bag of Mardi Gras beads recently -- she lost her mom’s ashes, The Galveston County Daily News reported Wednesday (March 13). The ashes were contained in a glass pendant that apparently was inside the bag where she had placed her Mardi Gras beads.

Galveston celebrates Mardi Gras also, although not as elaborately as New Orleans.

Jean Skinner said the pendant “was made by an artist, and when they made the pendant, they put my mother’s ashes in the glass.” She said she only wore the pendant on special occasions that her mother, Wanda Ogle, would have enjoyed, and she must have accidentally taken it off and put it in the bag with the beads.

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Skinner posted on Facebook: “I lost something very dear to me in Galveston during Mardi Gras. It was inside a white plastic bag of beads with a Trader Joe’s bag. There was a black umbrella in the bag also. It is a blue glass pendant with my mother’s ashes inside the glass. It is very dear to me.”