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Hardin Cemetery Newsletter: January 2008

Hardin Cemetery News

Volume 14
January 2008

President: Steve Shirley;
Vice President: Shelby Eslinger;
Treasure: Joanne Boggess;
Sectary: Anna Belle Lam;
Board Members:
Charles Russell and Francis Carter

Mailing Address: 10081 Shirley Circle, Hardin, MO 64035

Cemetery Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Hardin Cemetery Association will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 1:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall of the Methodist Church in Hardin, Missouri. An update of activities and cemetery improvements will be given.

Memorial Day Service

Our regular Memorial Day Service is set for 11:30 A.M., May 26, 2008, at the cemetery. As a reminder, it is your responsibility to remove any flowers that you want to keep before the cemetery needs mowing after Memorial Day.

Time Brings Changes

After the “’93 Flood” you started receiving this newsletter in order to keep you informed on the progress of rebuilding the cemetery. This is the second year that the newsletter will be posted on the Internet. If you don’t have Internet access, you can request that the newsletter be sent to you. This change will allow us to keep you better informed at less cost. Our web page is hosted on City of Hardin web page. Go to cityofhardin.com and click on the Hardin Cemetery link to get current information about the cemetery. I will update our web page, so check the site for current information about the cemetery during the year.

Notes from the President

2007 is the first year that we haven’t been involved in a major construction project. We are still working on repairing and resetting the stones in the south section of the cemetery. We have about a 1/3 of this section left to repair this year if we have the funds.

Costs of mowing and maintenance have continued to go up each year, and your gifts to the general fund help us make up the shortage in the maintenance budget each year.

There are many ways to give donations to help maintain the cemetery. Besides just sending a check, you can make a donation to the Cemetery Improvement Fund, a new fund that we established in 2005 that allows you to earmark gifts toward construction of cemetery improvements. The “Brick Fund” allows you to purchase a brick installed in the patios of either of the two “flood memorials” for a donation of $50.00 per brick. The brick has room for three (3) lines of information with 13 letters per line to honor your loved ones. The Flag Fund allows us to purchase flags to line the entrance on Memorial Day. If you want to remember someone with a donation, let us know your wishes. Just send your donations to the Hardin Cemetery, 10081 Shirley Circle, Hardin, MO 64035.

As you know we installed the Veterans Memorial to allow us to pay special remembrance to our loved ones who fought for our freedom. If you would like to share stories about the battles and experiences that they saw, I would be glad to put a copy of their stories in our records.

As a service to our friends who are researching their family trees, I started to save obituaries of those buried in the cemetery since 1992. I have finally copied them to digital form and plan to post the list on our web site. I hope that this will be additional information we can provide you for your research. I have a few old obituaries provided by families but not many. If you have a copy of a loved one’s obituary and would like to pass it on to me, I will be glad to include it in our database.

I would like to thank you for the support you have given the cemetery. Remember we, your board of directors, are here to help you maintain the cemetery. If you ever want to have input toward maintaining the cemetery, be sure to get in touch with us. We are always glad to hear your ideas.

Burials in 2007

Elizabeth Crane | 26 Mar. 1926 - 6 Feb. 2007
Wilbert E. Bales | 6 Apr. 1926 - 11 Feb. 2007
G. Clarke Lentz | 18 May 1939 - 22 Mar. 2007
Virginia Ruth Staples | 23 Aug. 1913 - 26 May 2007
Issiah James Hayes | 31 May 2007 - 31 May 2007
Elsie J. Foose | 31 Mar. 1931 - 4 Jun 2007
Fern Summers | 28 Aug. 1916 - 17 Jun. 2007
Kenneth L. Baker | 31 Dec. 1933 - 17 Sep. 2007
Beverly Jean Armstrong | 18 May 1942 - 17 Oct. 2007
Susan L. Bales | 27 Oct. 1952 - 24 Dec. 2007