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Family is Told to Take Down Items at Greensboro Cemetery

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GREENSBORO, Md.- A family is devastated after they were told to take down items from their family plot at the Greensboro Cemetery.

The Scarbrough Family has three loved ones buried at their site--their mother, their father, and their brother. To help cope with the loss of their mother Deborah Scarbrough, they have placed some of her favorite items at her burial site. 

Items like owls, angels, chimes, and stones were placed on her grave, and it is currently enclosed by a fence. The family says they placed these items on her grave years ago, now the Greensboro Cemetery says they have to take it down.

"They're angels in heaven, why are these angels a problem? She loved owls, why are the owls a problem. These stones stay inside this fence. Everyday I'm here, if there's a stone out, I pick it up," said Brandie Scarbrough, one of Deborah's three remaining daughters.

Pam Willey, another one of Deborah's daughters, said, “We knew her beauty and love, we wanted to cherish it forever. Because our mom loved everybody," she said.

All of Deborah's daughters say the love for their mother will never die, and the days never get easier.

Bobbie Scarbrough, another one of Deborah's daughters, says she comes out to visit her mom almost every weekend. She says if she could say something to her mom today, "I would tell her sorry. Sorry everyone has to be this way. Sorry everyone doesn't see the beauty in this.

The cemetery says the family has until March 30 to pick up the items, otherwise the cemetery will discard of them.

Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, which maintains the cemetery, said there are signs that clearly state which items are prohibited.

Prohibited items include fences, brick fences, stones and ornaments are not allowed. The funeral home said these items prohibit cemetery caretakers from mowing during the summer months, and many items are neglected after a period of time.

“This prohibits us from mowing during the summer months and so fourth, and they are also neglected after a period of time," said Steven Fleegle, of Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home. 

Fleegle said the funeral home has also attempted to notify the other families not in compliance with the cemetery's rules. 

The family says they plan to fight the rules to keep the grave as it is.


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