After confusion over daughter’s gravesite, mother finally gets ‘beautiful’ headstone


It’s been three months since we first aired this original story.

A Tulare mother buried her teen daughter last March after she passed away from cancer.

After much confusion of where Alicia Monsibais laid her 14-year-old daughter, Trenity Rose, to rest more than a year ago at the North Tulare Public Cemetery, without a headstone. 

She finally has one. 

“I can’t get over how beautiful it is, I see it and I smile,” Monsibais said. 

She said thanks to us YourCentralValley getting the word out, the casket was exhumed the day after the story aired. 

Monsibais said she was able to confirm once and for all Trenity’s final resting place. 

“We finally have a place that we know for sure is hers,” Monsibais said. 

And that’s a beautiful angel headstone.

It was custom made with roses, five for Trenity (her favorite number) as well as her favorite sport team and the lyrics to her and her mother’s song. 

“She’s my sunshine, she’ll always be our sunshine,” she said. 

But Monsibais couldn’t afford the headstone on her own.

The cost was over $5,000. 

So, the community and local nonprofits rallied together.

“We wanted to get involved and help give them a tombstone,” Brittany Wilbur, president of local nonprofit Sweet Nectar Society, said. 

SNS helps families capture lasting memories of their children who are dealing with serious or terminal illnesses.

SNS donated a majority of the cost. But other nonprofits like Trillium Kids and grants helped as well.

“It’s because of organizations that get involved with us and help sponsor us that we’re able to go above and beyond to just pictures and provide these services,” Wilbur said. 

Monsibais said she’s forever grateful for this special gift. 

“It’s just something so special that they thought of my baby and they loved her as much as we all did,” Monsibais said. 

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