GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Meixco woman describes a cemetery where her father is buried as dirty and deplorable. She said she paid the cemetery to keep the area looking nice, but said burying her father has been a nightmare.
“He lived in Gallup a total of 57 years,” the woman, who wanted her identity hidden, said.
The headstones at Gallup’s Sunset Memorial Park mark a final resting place. Nearly half of the lots are covered in red gravel, the others are simply covered in dirt.
“I knew the condition of the cemetery because I had been out there many times,” said the woman.
During her fathers funeral in August, the woman said the cemetery moved the neighboring headstone and it was found laying on its side. She said it looked bad and disrespectful.
When she went back to the cemetery last month, the earth of her father’s plot was cracked and falling in on itself.
“They do no maintenance,” she said.
The woman said she originally paid Rollie Mortuary $7,000 for the services and to take care of the grave site. However the day of the service, she said she was forced to pay an extra $900 that she didn’t know she owed.
“I’m so grateful I will never have to bury another person using this mortuary,” the woman said.
Angered, she sent pictures of her father’s grave to the mortuary, demanding they fix the problem. She said they came by later that day and filled the mangled ground with two truckloads of dirt.
“I said you should be ashamed to call yourself Rollie Mortuary,” the woman said.
KRQE News 13 stopped by the mortuary and was told the boss was out and they couldn’t say anything. However one employee with the mortuary said that they are making some changes at the cemetery, which they own, and that this summer’s monsoon rains took a toll on the grounds.
“There are people in Gallup that are very upset about it,” the woman said.
The woman said it is tough because there are only two cemeteries in Gallup to choose from and both are owned by Rollie Mortuary.
“It seems like we’re held hostage if we want to bury our family member’s in Gallup.”
The woman KRQE News 13 spoke with said the other cemetery, known as the city cemetery in downtown Gallup, looks like something out of a horror film.
KRQE News 13 was out at Sunset Memorial Park this time last year when it was two years into a renovation and still not done. Family members were upset then because headstones were being damaged during the work.