January 21 brought news of Carole’s funeral to be held later that day at Forest Lawn.
Carole Lombard Funeral at Forest Lawn
Private funeral services, with only intimate friends present, were arranged for 4:00pm today, in the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, for screen star Carole Lombard and her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Peters.
The bodies, recovered from the Nevada mountain top where a commercial airliner carried 22 persons to their deaths last Friday night, were taken from a train at Pomona this morning and transported by hearse to the cemetery. Carole Lombard’s husband, Clark Gable, issued a statement, saying: “Miss Lombard and her mother, in their respective wills, requested private burial at Forest Lawn.”
The Rev. George C. Chapman, pastor of the Westwood Hills Community Methodist Church, will conduct the brief service.
Haggard, dispirited Clark Gable brought the bodies of his wife, his mother-in-law, and closest friend–victims of a Nevada air crash–back to southern California today.
The matinee idol, wearing dark glasses, slipped from a westbound Union Pacific train at Pomona, 30 miles east of [Los Angeles], this morning while waiting attendants unloaded the coffins containing the flame-seared, battered bodies of actress Carole Lombard, Mrs. Elizabeth K. Peters and Otto Winkler, publicity agent for MGM studio.
Carole Lombard To be Buried Near Graves of Filmdom’s Immortals
The body of Carole Lombard is being brought home today for private funeral services and burial near those of Will Rogers, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow and other motion picture stars.
Lombard Rites to Be Held Late Today
The crushed body of Carole Lombard, screen star who met death with 21 other occupants of a TWA plane which crashed in flames on a Nevada mountain peak, was brought to Hollywood today for funeral and burial services.
Clark Gable, actor-husband of the film favorite, accompanied the body back to the film city.
The funeral cortege left Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday night shortly after the bodies of Miss Lombard’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Knight Peters, and Otto Winkler, publicity agent, who also perished in the disaster, were identified and a brief inquest was conducted.
Joint funeral services for Miss Lombard and her mother will be held late today at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale. Studio spokesmen said that simplicity will be the keynote of the final rites, with only some two score close friends in attendance.
In the meantime it was announced that the government’s official inquiry into the tragedy will open in Los Angeles Friday morning.