Widow says cemetery put husband's name on wrong crypt

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:


A widow says a mix-up led to the wrong grave being engraved with her husband's name after thieves stole the bronze name plate.

"I know where I've been coming putting flowers on this one right here," Willie Monroe told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

Monroe said her husband Robert passed nearly 22 years ago and she paid nearly $400 to get his name engraved on their crypt after thieves stole the name plate at Monte Vista Biblical Gardens on Hollywood Road.

"I came out to look at the engraving after it was finished two weeks later and they had it on the wrong place," Monroe explained.

She called the office about the error and said after checking her deed, paperwork listed her family's crypt as 99D, one above where the engraving went. So the staff moved it. But that didn't fix the problem according to Monroe. "I said, ‘Still, that's not where my husband is,’” she said. "I said, ‘My husband is in that one.’"

Cemetery management said Monroe will have to pay $394 to open 99D and prove her husband is inside. They said they were unable to open the crypt she believes her husband is in since it's in another family's name.

Monroe, who is coming up on her 89th birthday, said she wants her husband's crypt marked properly.

"I don't want to die and my children have to go through this. I know where he is and I don't want to be put nowhere else I want to be put in the one he's in," Monroe said.

Cemetery management said if they open the Monroe family crypt and find her husband isn't inside they will refund Monroe's money and correct the problem.

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