From a distance, Valley View Memorial Gardens looks well maintained. However, when you inspect the headstones, it’s a different story.
Several people reached out to 2 NEWS saying high weeds and grass have been an ongoing issue.
“It wasn’t long after I lost my husband when I came back out here, only to have to clean his tombstone off,” said Loretta Mumpower.
Mumpower’s husband died three years ago in her arms. She says her husband was a veteran and doesn’t deserve an overgrown grave.
“I’m sick and tired of coming over here. Sitting for hours trying to weed my husbands tombstone. The weeds are so tall and awful. I see all these other ones where the weeds are just terrible. They don’t weed-eat around the stones,” said Mumpower.
Mumpower originally showed 2 NEWS the weeds in person.
As 2 NEWS reporter Ethan Fitzgerald went to the office to ask how they maintain the graves, a groundskeeper trimmed Mumpower’s family’s tombstones.
A manager inside the office asked Fitzgerald to leave and said 2 NEWS couldn’t use any of the video. The manager had seen 2 NEWS filming and waited to ask us to leave.
Valley View Memorial Garden’s sent 2 NEWS a statement reading in part:
“Weather permitting, the property is mowed weekly and the grave markers are trimmed at least five times annually. We encourage anyone with concerns to contact us directly.”
The end of the statement is what makes Mumpower, and several other families upset.
“I got after them because they were not trimming the around the tombstones. They said we will get them tomorrow. Well, sneaky me. I came back and I looked and no, they didn’t,” said Mumpower.
2 NEWS was told on scene that the cemetery would be trimming sometime during the week of August 21st.
Mumpower says she is glad they trimmed the headstone, but wished she didn’t have to reach out to an outside agency to get the story out.
2 NEWS will check back in soon.