“Endowment Care”

History of the Madera Cemetery District

For over a century our cemeteries have been chosen as the final resting place for the Madera County residents and their loved ones. The early pioneers of Madera County are memorialized by the many monuments located throughout the grounds.

We have six cemeteries, Arbor Vitae, Calvary, Oakhill, North Fork, Raymond and our undeveloped cemetery in Oakhurst. Each of these cemeteries are owned and operated by the Madera Cemetery District, and are the County’s oldest and most established, with each having recorded burials prior to 1900.

Although privately owned in the beginning, the cemeteries were formed into special districts in the 1940’s.

The Madera Cemetery District is an independent special district governed by the appointed Board of Trustees who serve four-year terms. Our boundaries encompass the majority County of Madera and include cemetery locations in Madera, Oakhurst, North Fork and Raymond.

Madera County residents may purchase burial rights from an authorized representative of the District at the business office located on the cemetery grounds. In the past year, over 700 spaces were sold and more that 450 burial services performed. The District provides residents with a selection of services including traditional ground burials, mausoleums, niches, specially designed urn gardens and ossuary.

As a guardian of family and community heritage, the Madera Cemetery District provides a beautifully landscaped living memorial, quality care and exemplary service in perpetuity where families come to honor and celebrate life.

It is the District’s mission to manage and maintain Madera Cemetery Districts in a manner that preserves their beauty, dignity, historical and cultural values, and offers affordable interment services for county residents.

The District cemeteries are “Endowment Care” cemeteries, which means that the District collects and endowment fee for each ground burial, mausoleum, niche, or ossuary placement into an investment fund strictly for the perpetual care and maintenance of the grounds.

Throughout the year the District is proud to host a variety of veteran and other patriotic services. Our “Little Church” in Oakhill Cemetery is a historical point of interest which is governed by a board under the Madera Cemetery District’s Board of Trustees. It has walk in tours, weddings, and fund raisers to help keep the “Little Church on the Hill” in historical condition.

We invite you to consider these serene and beautiful historic cemeteries as a loving tribute to your family members or as peaceful final resting place for yourself.

We have available both at need and pre-need services

© 2013 Madera Cemetery District