Women offer grave site service

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Lynda Baxter, left, places a wreath as Rose Liddiard straightens a spring bouquet at the grave of Liddiard’s daughter, Lacey Leigh. “It means a lot to us to make sure her grave is taken care of,” Liddiard said, so she and Baxter recently started Forget Me Not Grave Decorating Services for people who cannot visit the graves of loved ones.

It bothers Rose Liddiard to see so many gravestones in Orchard Mesa Cemetery left undecorated for the holidays.

She knows these people haven’t been forgotten, but she wonders whether perhaps their spouses are elderly and unable to visit the cemetery? Maybe their sons and daughters have moved out of the area?

It could be that visiting the cemetery is just too sad for those who have lost a loved one. Liddiard said she understands that.

She visits her daughter’s grave in the Calvary section of the cemetery on a regular basis.

Her daughter, Lacey Leigh Liddiard, died two years ago from an accidental overdose of prescription medication she took for migraine headaches. She was only 30 years old and a single mother of two children.

“It means a lot to us to make sure her grave is taken care of,” Liddiard said.

It means a lot to others as well, so Liddiard and her business partner, Lynda Baxter, started a service to provide gravestone decoration for people unable to do it themselves.

“We just thought it sounded like a great idea that would really help people,” Liddiard said.

She and Baxter launched the service, called Forget Me Not Grave Decorating Services, two weeks ago. They provide custom silk or fresh flower arrangements on holidays and special days, such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cost per year is $315, plus delivery fees and tax. Monthly arrangements are available.

Other occasions such as birthday and anniversary remembrances can be included.

Liddiard said she can make custom decorations to reflect the person’s personal interests, such as teddy bears, pictures or sports memorabilia.

“I just kept thinking, what would happen if there was not anybody left to decorate her grave.” Liddiard said of Lacey’s spot. “You think, ‘Who will do it for me?’ “

Liddiard dedicated the business to her daughter.

“This is really part of the grieving process for me,” she said.

Baxter and Liddiard are willing to decorate graves in Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties as well as in Carbon County, Utah.

For information, visit www. forgetmenotgravedec.com or call 640-2643.


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