From the Richmond Dispatch, 8/3/1902, p. 16, c. 4
THE VAN LEW MEMORIAL.
Tribute of Boston Friends Placed Over the Grave.
Without form or ceremony, the huge boulder of puddingstone, taken from the State-House grounds, on Beacon Hill, Boston, weighing over two tons, with the bronze tablet securely affixed thereon, giving the year of birth and death of the late Miss E. L. Van Lew, a former postmaster of this city, was placed on solid granite in the family section, Shockoe Hill cemetery, last Thursday.
Mr. J. Henry Brown, the marble worker, executed the work, which was in charge of Mr. Otis H. Russell, who represented Mr. John P. Reynolds, Jr., of Boston, the warm personal friend and benefactor of Miss Van Lew for many years prior to her death.
Mr. Russell had been a friend of the family for many years, and officiated as pall-bearer of the family; viz: Mrs. Van Lew (the mother), John N. Van Lew (the brother), Miss Eliza Van Lew (the niece), and finally Miss E. L. Van Lew, in 1900.
Miss Van Lew was not a member of any order or society at the time of her death, and therefore no ceremonies were held in placing this simple memorial at her grave – a tribute from her Massachusetts friends.