Incomplete Records at Cemetery Cause Grave Error

PACIFIC, Mo. (KMOX) – The family of a woman buried in the wrong grave is hoping to get her dug up soon and moved to a new spot.

Martha McJunkin was buried in June at the Pacific City Cemetery – a cemetery going back to the 1880s with incomplete records. Her daughter, Montez Sattman, says on the day of the funeral there was a mix-up.

“We’re told that the initial burial spot that my dad chose at the city cemetery in Pacific, that they encountered a vault when they dug,” Sattman says. “So, the funeral home director chose an alternate spot, sort-of off the cuff.”

It turns out that spot was part of another families plot. So funeral director, Jeff Palmore, who is also the mayor of Pacific, says they plan to exhume the body and move it to a new resting place at a cemetery across the street.

“It’s been very stressful for my father, my father is 73 years old,” Sattman says. “And it’s just been a very stressful thing to deal with on top of losing the woman that he was married to for over 40 years.”

Palmore says it was an honest mistake caused by incomplete cemetery records. He says they hope to get the body moved to a new grave in a week or so.

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