Cemetery's condition turns some mourners away

Mourners: Southern Memorial Park Eastview Cemetery filled with trash, high weeds

Author: April Molina, Investigative Reporter, amolina@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 08 2012 03:56:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 08 2012 10:00:50 PM CDT

On May 28, 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 unkempt," said family member Norma Smith.

The Southern Memorial Park Eastview Cemetery is heavily weeded, with 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 ... just want to talk to Mama, but if the grass is so high or it's so unkempt," Smith said.

Challenger and Smith know the cemetery 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.

Cemetery owner Joanne Ramon explained their plots are very affordable.

They don't make a lot of money, she said, and therefore are on a very limited budget for maintenance, adding they do the best they can.