Caring people

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(Editor’s Note: The following letter was received by Robert and Sue Jackman of Patriot, who write: I wanted to share this letter with everyone in the county. It’s nice to know that the care of the cemeteries are appreciated.)

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Dear Sue,

My name is Loveda. You sent my mother Yvette pictures of the Munger Cemetery. I wanted to reply to you. I’m sure you don’t realize the story behind our family. Just to briefly fill you in – my mother was adopted. I started searching for her biological family many years ago. When finding the surname Moredock I kind of fell into the trap of genealogy in order to trace forward and find her parents. In doing so Elizabeth and Charles were people I researched. I found out so much about them, what they were like as people, their children, their lives. I began to feel as though I knew them. They became a deep part of my heart.

When I found the name Munger Cemetery I felt the need to pay my respects to them. My mother and I came to Indiana to see this abandoned cemetery. Your husband was so very kind to us and made sure to help us in our journey by showing us the cemetery. I was very sad to see that this place was such a shambles and so many families had lost track of their ancestors. I feel that was a resting spot for so many. He did inform us that it was going to be cleaned up and showed us the new signs. I was happy to hear that but until seeing it I couldn’t be too excited. Seeing these pictures really brought tears to my eyes. I feel these people need to be respected and their last wishes as well. That is where they chose to rest and I’m sure they never expected to be forgotten as they were.

I know your husband’s position as trustee is a paid position. However, I want you both to know that me and my family are so grateful for the care and time that has been put into this. It really means a lot to us as I’m sure there are many other families who feel the same. You have brought back the dignity and respect that these people deserve. It is so much more than a pay check. I know your husband really did put his heart into this project and I really want you to understand how much that means to me. I thank you all for your efforts and time. I’m sure it was a big job.

You sending these pictures to us was so special to us. I can’t wait to come back to Patriot and set flowers on the graves and see who the Wades are that are there. Elizabeth Moredock was Elizabeth Wade, that was her family name. I’m glad to see she has family there as well, just not sure which Wades they are. I couldn’t read the stones, only saw Wade.

Well, I’m sorry to keep you so long. I could write on forever. I just really wanted you and your husband to know what you have done is so much more than a job. It is a bout keeping our family together and respecting their last wishes. There is a special place in heaven for you both. Thank you again, Sue, for sending us the pictures. You didn’t have to do that and we really appreciate it.

I hope you have a fantastic day. Please share this email with your husband as I think you are both very special people. Take care, Sue, and again, thank you so much.

Loveda Rice

Largo, Florida