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Published: Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Flower thieves the lowest of the low

I am a visitor back in Everett, a town and city I was happy to call my home for 40 years of my life, as I was born and raised in a quiet peaceful family environment in this great city. A company transfer took me to Cottage Grove, Oregon, another quiet, peaceful, small town.
My wife Mary Jean and I made many visits back to Everett throughout the years because of family and friends. In 2007, Mary Jean passed away after 49½ years of marriage. I had her remains shipped to Everett for burial. Eight months later, our son Matthew passed away. He is buried with his mother at Evergreen Cemetery. A few steps away from my bride and son are the graves of my mother and father.
Each time I visit Everett I take plants or bouquets to the gravesites. This past August I purchased nice, live flower arrangements in planters for the grave sites of my wife and son, as well as my mother and father. Twice in August, these plants disappeared overnight.
I had business back in Everett, and Lynden on Oct. 10. I once again purchased living flower arrangements from Fred Meyer and put them on the gravesites. Once again, the low-life thieves stole the plants off the head markers.
This is no fault of the Evergreen Cemetery, as they cannot have a security guard at each crossroad. But this is what our nation is coming to? Thieves that will steal from the dead and decorate their front porches, or resell the plants for probably drugs. If scripture is accurate, their day of judgment is coming.

Don Williams
Cottage Grove, Or.
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