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Mistake by cemetery intensifying family's heartache

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A mix up at the Pacific City Cemetery is causing additional heartache to a family that  is grieving the loss of a loved one. Credit: KMOV A mix up at the Pacific City Cemetery is causing additional heartache to a family that is grieving the loss of a loved one. Credit: KMOV

PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A grieving family is facing an additional heartbreak after a huge mix-up at a public cemetery that could mean their loved one must be removed from her grave.

“There’s no excuse for it. None. It’s appalling,” said Melissa Waller.

Waller and her family are grieving the loss of Martha McJunkin, a wife, mother, and grandmother.

The family has been left in the dark over a series of mistakes at the Pacific City Cemetery, which may mean that although she has been buried, McJunkin’s grave may not be her final resting place.

“She wouldn’t want this, she wouldn’t want this. She would want to be put in the ground and left to rest,” said Waller.

The problem lies in the plot itself. The funeral director, Jeff Palmore, who manages the cemetery and is also the mayor of Pacific, sold the plot by mistake. The plot that the McJunkin's purchased had already been purchased by someone else.

Before the McJunkin's laid Martha to rest in the double-sold plot, they had arranged for her to be buried several rows away, but grave diggers hit a wooden casket already in the ground.

“It’s crazy, they are having all kinds of problems in the city, I don’t know who to blame and who not to blame,” said Ron McJunkin.

The mayor says the mix-up is not his fault, rather the records are corrupt.

Alderman Mike Pigg said he does not buy the faulty records excuse and hopes to find a resolution.

In the meantime, the family must wait, their heartache intensified by the city’s mistake. The McJunkin family says they are going to attend a Board of Alderman meeting on July 19 to make sure another family does not have to endure what they have been through.

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