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Chandler Reunion Ceremony

Deceased detective novelist Raymond Chandler was reunited with his wife Cissy in a ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery in Southeast San Diego on February 14, 2011. Cissy Chandler's ashes were placed in Raymond Chandler's grave, according to her original wishes.

Among the guests of honor were Chandler biographer Judith Freeman, actor Powers Booth, and Aissa Wayne, an attorney and the daughter of film star John Wayne. The latter helped secure the court order to allow the internment of Cissy Chandler's ashes.

Among the guests of honor were Chandler biographer Judith Freeman, actor Powers Booth, and Aissa Wayne, an attorney and the daughter of film star John Wayne. The latter helped secure the court order to allow the internment of Cissy Chandler's ashes.

Photo by Angela Carone

Raymond Chandler died in La Jolla and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in southeast San Diego.

Raymond Chandler died in La Jolla and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in southeast San Diego.

Photo by Angela Carone

Around 75 friend and fans gathered at Mount Hope Cemetery for the ceremony. A dixieland jazz band performed.

Around 75 friend and fans gathered at Mount Hope Cemetery for the ceremony. A dixieland jazz band performed.

Photo by Angela Carone

The new grave marker for the Chandler gravesite. It includes the names of both Raymond and Cissy, along with the line from the Chandler-penned novel "The Big Sleep": "Dead men are heavier than broken hearts."

The new grave marker for the Chandler gravesite. It includes the names of both Raymond and Cissy, along with the line from the Chandler-penned novel "The Big Sleep": "Dead men are heavier than broken hearts."

Photo by Angela Carone

A hole was dug so that Cissy Raymond's ashes could be placed in the same burial plot with her husband Raymond Chandler's remains.

A hole was dug so that Cissy Raymond's ashes could be placed in the same burial plot with her husband Raymond Chandler's remains.

Photo by Angela Carone

The box holding the ashes of Pearl Chandler, who went by the name Cissy. The box was kept on a storage shelf at the Cypress View Mausleum for 57 years.

The box holding the ashes of Pearl Chandler, who went by the name Cissy. The box was kept on a storage shelf at the Cypress View Mausleum for 57 years.

Photo by Angela Carone

Rev. Randal Gardner and Chandler historian Loren Latker arrive with Cissy Chandler's ashes.

Rev. Randal Gardner and Chandler historian Loren Latker arrive with Cissy Chandler's ashes.

Photo by Angela Carone

Actor Powers Booth entertained the crowd by sharing his favorite excerpts from Chandler novels. Booth played Chandler's famous private eye Phillip Marlowe in a 1983 television series.

Actor Powers Booth entertained the crowd by sharing his favorite excerpts from Chandler novels. Booth played Chandler's famous private eye Phillip Marlowe in a 1983 television series.

Photo by Angela Carone

Rev. Randal Gardner leads the crowd in prayer after placing Cissy Chandler's ashes in a pre-dug hole at the Chandler gravesite.

Rev. Randal Gardner leads the crowd in prayer after placing Cissy Chandler's ashes in a pre-dug hole at the Chandler gravesite.

Photo by Angela Carone

Aissa Wayne, daughter of film star John Wayne, and actor Powers Booth watch the ceremony.

Aissa Wayne, daughter of film star John Wayne, and actor Powers Booth watch the ceremony.

Photo by Angela Carone

The crowd gathered around Raymond Chandler's grave as Rev. Randal Gardner prepared to place Cissy Chandler's ashes into a pre-dug hole.

The crowd gathered around Raymond Chandler's grave as Rev. Randal Gardner prepared to place Cissy Chandler's ashes into a pre-dug hole.

Photo by Angela Carone

A parade of classic, antique cars drove Cissy Chandler's ashes from the Mausoleum to the Chandler grave.

A parade of classic, antique cars drove Cissy Chandler's ashes from the Mausoleum to the Chandler grave.

Photo by Angela Carone

Cissy Chandler's ashes were kept in an urn at the Cypress View Mausoleum where they were left unclaimed since her death in 1954. The urn sat on a shelf in a back room with other unclaimed remains.

Cissy Chandler's ashes were kept in an urn at the Cypress View Mausoleum where they were left unclaimed since her death in 1954. The urn sat on a shelf in a back room with other unclaimed remains.

Photo by Angela Carone

The inside of the historic Cypress View Mausoleum in southeast San Diego.

The inside of the historic Cypress View Mausoleum in southeast San Diego.

Photo by Angela Carone

Cypress View has two mausoleums. The older, original building where Cissy's ashes were is under construction.

Cypress View has two mausoleums. The older, original building where Cissy's ashes were is under construction.

Photo by Angela Carone

Cissy Chandler, wife of detective novelist Raymond Chandler. Cissy lied about her age when they married. She said she was only 10 years older but she was actually 18 years his senior.

Cissy Chandler, wife of detective novelist Raymond Chandler. Cissy lied about her age when they married. She said she was only 10 years older but she was actually 18 years his senior.

Detective novelist Raymond Chandler. Though he remained married to Cissy for 30 years, he wasn't always faithful. However, he continually professed his love for her and was devastated by her death.

Detective novelist Raymond Chandler. Though he remained married to Cissy for 30 years, he wasn't always faithful. However, he continually professed his love for her and was devastated by her death.

Dr. Annie Thiel and Loren Latker secured the court order allowing Cissy's internment with Raymond Chandler and organized the Valentine's Day ceremony. They are both Chandler buffs.

Dr. Annie Thiel and Loren Latker secured the court order allowing Cissy's internment with Raymond Chandler and organized the Valentine's Day ceremony. They are both Chandler buffs.

Photo by Angela Carone

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