Cemetary Condition Turns Some Away

Woman stops short of her mother's grave, explaining there are too many weeds and the grass is too tall.

On May 28th, 2012, Sherrie Challenger paid a visit to the grandmother she laid to rest last March.

       "On Memorial day when we came there was a lot of people trying to get back there, but for whatever reason they turned away just like I did," Challenger said.

       Challenger made it to the road, but not the actual burial site. Her aunt didn't even make it that far.

       "I've never liked this place, it has always been unkept," said family member, Norma Smith.

       The Southern Memorial Park Eastview Cemetary is heavily weeded, trash lying in some spots, and grass taller than many of the tombstones.

       "I drive up here and I want to get out and I want to talk to, I just want to talk to mama, but if the grass is so high or it's so unkept you know I can't find mama," Smith said.

       Challenger and Smith know the cemetary is under no obligation to maintain perpetual care, but they are hoping for minimal care.

       "I don't think that we as a family are asking too much to at least cut the grass, especially on Memorial Day," Challenger said.

       Cemetary owner, Joanne Ramon explained their plots are very affordable. They don't make a lot of money and therefore are on a very limited budget for maintenance, adding they do the best they can.


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