COULD GALVESTON COUNTY DO MORE FOR ITS POOR?

COWS WALK ACROSS GRAVES AND DO THEIR BUSINESS AS WELL!

For the second year in a row the Insite had to go to a Galveston County cemetery and help a local family. The Spry family is very upset about how their mother Ethel Spry’s grave site is being treated in Hitchcock. The latest – cows grazing on the grass over the final resting spot of the deceased. The cemetery has been designated for the indigent. The Spry family buried their mother there because it was all they could afford. It was back in 2005 when I reported that family members actually had to dig the grave themselves and place the coffin in because they couldn’t afford to pay. Now, Galveston County tells us they are not responsible for the upkeep of the cemetery. This comes as cows from nearby land have been grazing on the grass and leaving manure behind on graves. The county’s social services department did say they will place another fence around the site but as far as upkeep – it’s up the families of the deceased to make sure the cemetery is taken care of. That can be very tough when many of the people who are buried there don’t have family members who care or who can afford to visit the cemetery to maintain it. The condition of the cemetery even before the cows was very sad. And so far more than 30 bodies have been stuffed into the very small pauper’s cemetery over the last 2 years. I hit the Internet and saw some pet cemetery’s in Houston that actually looked better. I feel sorry for the poor souls that are resting there because some like the Spry Family say the county doesn’t care enough to make it a more presentable final resting place. Social Services tells the Insite they’re already spending $1400 a person to have them buried there. That manager says taxpayers wouldn’t be willing to pay any more. Stuck in the middle – a family that must watch their mother’s final resting place walked on by livestock. That’s why The Insite wants to be cremated in the end!

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