Auntie Mary first view

Perpetual Care Cemetery Doesn't Care

One spring day about 7 years ago, a bunch of us in our family set out with little scrub brushes and wisk brooms to spruce up and clean up the headstones of our relatives who are buried in cemeteries in Renton.
When we got to Mt. Olivet, where my great-grandmother and two of her daughters are buried, we found that a tire and a piece of a car were laying just on the other side of the fence of the gravesite of my Aunt Mary Guinn. Although the tire and car part were outside of the fence, the tire was laying directly on top of my Aunt Mary's grave as she is on the very edge of the cemetery.
We asked the cemetery workers to please remove this garbage from the area and we were told it would be done.
Over the last 7 years Mt. Olivet has been contacted 7 or 8 times to take care of this matter. Each time we are promised that it will be. And each time we have been dissapointed.
The last person we talked with face to face about this was David Denesha who represents Mt. Olivet. This was about six weeks ago. He told us at that time that any kind of debris like that has to be at least ten feet from the headstone. You can see by looking at the picture that this tire is just inches from Auntie Mary's headstone. Mr. Denesha told us at that time that it would be taken care of within two weeks. He also assured us that they do better work than the competitor up the street as far as pricing. Maybe that is true if you don't mind sharing your eternal space with a radial tire with no tread and some other rusty piece of a car.
I just called their answering service and told them I was done talking, someone has to do something.
I am wondering how long Mr. Denesha would tolerate this if it were his relative.
My Auntie Mary was one of the first women admitted to the postal union in Washington State. Not to mention she took care of her ailing step-father, a decorated WWII vet, until he died. Auntie Mary had no children of her own and she loved and cherished all of her "kids" (nieces and nephews) as much as she was cherished by us. To see her grave desecrated in this manner and then ignored for going on a decade is inexcusble and heartbreaking.
Shame on you Mt. Olivet!

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Share says ... on Wednesday, Jun 10 at 1:33 PM

My apologies, I meant no disrespect. I just wanted to say if it had been my relative, I would have removed that ugly tire myself instead of waiting so long for someone else, who obviously didn't care, to remove it. I'm glad all is well now.

Patti Nearing says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 8:51 PM

Auntie Mary was my aunt on my fathers side. I also have many relatives buried at MOC. In fact my maternal grandmother was an original buyer of plots when Mt. Olivet was opened and owned by the Dobson family. I'm sad!!!!!

Daphine says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 7:38 PM

My Great Grandma rests there too. She deserves better that that. Great artical, I had no idea this was going on.

Shewa says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 2:50 PM

FYI, Jim Holt says there is a junkyard hidden in the bushes.

Shewa says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 2:49 PM

FYI, Jim Holt says there is a junkyard hidden in those bushes.

Shewa says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 2:47 PM

No, Share, you are asking your question of the wrong group. If our family was calling and asking MOC for help in this matter at least once a year, why wasn't something being done? It doesn't matter to me All is well now with Auntie Mary.

Shewa says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 2:34 PM

Jim Holt, president of MOC called this am. A truckload of garbage was removed from the area, thank you Jim. Share, should my family have hired a truck to do MOC's job? We were promised by the wrong person every year that it would be taken care of.

Share says ... on Monday, Jun 8 at 1:33 PM

If you found this to be "inexcusable and heartbreaking" (which it is), why did you let it go on like that for almost a decade? To me, THAT'S inexcusable; if it meant so much to you, you could have taken care of it yourself.

Linda says ... on Sunday, Jun 7 at 6:55 PM

Auntie Mary was my mothers sister and was very special to me. I was told by phone two weeks ago that all was taken care of. I hate being lied to. Did they think that I wouldn't check? I only live a few miles from the cemetery. Shame on you MOC!!!

Dana says ... on Sunday, Jun 7 at 6:04 PM

It made me very sad to see Aunt Mary's grave site in this condition. She (anyone) deserves better than this. Even if the tire and rusty car part were not there. The "fern" and other debris are bad enough. Thank you for writing this Sheila!

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