Urn with ‘mom’ found in rental home in Wyoming; search on for the family

Posted at 3:48 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 15:49:16-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A West Michigan mom and her daughter are on a mission to return a loved one's ashes to their family.

Tammy Johnson says her daughter was visiting a friend when she found an urn containing ashes at a rental home on 36th Street near Groveland Avenue SW in Wyoming.

“They were going to release the ashes, but my daughter said, 'No, let me take it and bring it to my mom, because she’ll help me find out who it belongs to,'" Johnson said.

The small silver urn is in the shape of a heart and is engraved with "Mom" and "1926-2017."  But, they still don't know whose "mom" it is.

They took the urn to Cook Funeral Home in Grandville, whose owner there says urns like this are often given to multiple family members and contain a small portion of a loved one's ashes.

“Often times families choose a larger, pewter-size urn similar to this,” says Ron Cook, the owner of Cook Funeral Home.

Cook says it should not be difficult to research and figure out who it belongs to. He hopes to return it to the family soon.

If you recognize it or know whose it may be, contact them at 616-534-7619.