Farmington residents still frustrated over cemetery mess

Meg Hilling
August 31, 2017 07:12 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- In 2014, a group in Farmington pushed for change at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Three years on, that frustration has continued for those with loved ones buried there.


"Plots are sinking. Weeds have taken over," Farmington resident Andrea Wagoner said. "My husband was buried out here in 2013. They never sodded his plot. It is currently now covered in goat heads. The plot itself is actually settling."

Many feel no progress has been made to restore the cemetery.

"To them, it may just be a plot of ground. But people like us, this is sacred," Farmington resident Rachel Doolin said.

It is not just the dead grass and dirt at the cemetery that families are upset about. Now prairie dogs are making their homes on the land. Holes can be seen dotting the ground even under headstones.

In July 2014, more than 100 people gathered at the cemetery demanding change. At the time, they got an apology from the company that owns the cemetery. The company also promised to work section by section to improve the grounds.

Few feel these promises were met.

"They don’t care. I, they, you put in work orders. I have personally put in 15 work orders," Doolin said. "And they’ll look at you and tell you, even if you personally handed it to them, 'We never got anything.'"


Meg Hilling

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