After Sinclair Lewis died (in Rome in 1951), his body was cremated and the urn containing his ashes sent to the US embassy for safekeeping before final disposal.
Some time later, a visitor to the embassy was surprised to find a consular official on her knees with a broom and dustpan, an urn beside her. "Whatever are you doing?" he asked. Her reply? "Sweeping up Sinclair Lewis."