Since this is a topic so dear to my heart, I'm duplicating my Caddo post here:
Yesterday marked the official beginning of spring and for Oklahoma, with this year’s mild winter, it is also the beginning of mowing season. For most of us mowing is just a weekly task that takes up perhaps an hour or two of our busy schedules. For a small workforce in Caddo, mowing is a never-ending job that often requires several hours per day…nearly every day, because it is the foundation of caring for Gethsemane Cemetery. In addition to mowing acres of grass, the roads must also be maintained, weather and vandalism damages repaired, and trash removed.
Those of you who have purchased a cemetery plot know that each owner pays a “perpetual care” fee for the maintenance of that plot. Unfortunately the cost of maintaining our lovely cemetery is rising and the small fee charged for perpetual care is no longer sufficient to meet the actual expenses of doing so. Prices for equipment, fuel, labor, and supplies have all increased faster than the founders of the Civic and Cemetery Club ever imagined.
I’ve only been a member of the Civic Club since my retirement, but it has been caring for the final resting place of Caddo’s residents since before statehood. Formed in 1903, it is one of the oldest clubs in the state and has always had the best interests of our community at heart. The first group cleaned and fenced the weed-strewn forlorn city cemetery, organized the burial process, kept records, and built a chapel. Over the years many improvements have been made in Gethsemane and we now have a peaceful orderly burial ground for our loved ones. Gary and I own a plot in the cemetery and our family has many members interred there. I want the cemetery to continue to be a place that is clean and well-maintained. That’s why we recently made a small donation to the maintenance fund.
The Civic Club is considering the best ways to ensure that Gethsemane continues to meet the needs of our community and brings solace to family members. Many other cemeteries have increased their fees and Civic Club may have to do the same in the future. However, at this time they are simply asking anyone concerned about the future of the cemetery to make a contribution to its upkeep.
Any donation of any amount will be appreciated and wisely spent to make sure that our cemetery accommodates your future needs. Won’t you join us in making a donation as the mowing season begins and the maintenance costs of the cemetery increase? The motto of the Civic Club is “Do Noble Things”. Giving a donation to help care for Gethsemane is a noble thing.
Thank you for your consideration and cooperation in this endeavor. Donations may be made at the Shamrock Bank in Caddo or to The Civic and Cemetery Club, P.O. Box 224, Caddo, OK 74729.