WKYT Investigates: A proper burial

SCIENCE HILL, Ky. (WKYT) - The Science Hill Garden Club watches over their loved ones at the Science Hill Cemetery. The club's official title is the Science Hill Cemetery Association. Many of the members are following in their mother's and grandmother's footsteps. Lately the club's monthly meetings have been focused on a county problem.

"Of course, I'm sure bigger cities have a much bigger problem than we do," said club secretary Sonya Morris.

"But it's something we wanted to do," echoed member Susan Dugger.

The county has been dealing with more indigent burials lately. County Judge Executive Barty Bullock says in the past, they have been able to find random plots in local cemeteries to bury those people with no families. However, the number of indigent deaths have been on the rise while the number of available plots have been decreasing. "When this happens, the coroners do look for family members or look for somebody to claim the bodies and take charge of these things. But lately it's been a problem," Judge Bullock said.

"We have so many people who just kind of drift in and have no family," said Pulaski County Coroner Charles Godbey.

So the Science Hill Garden Club decided to lease a piece of their old cemetery to the county for one dollar a year for 100 years as a place to bury the indigents. "Everyone deserves a burial," Morris said.

A typical burial for someone with no family costs taxpayers about 700 dollars, just for the actual burial.

But the ladies of the garden club have cut that to nothing. Because for them, the garden club is more than pretty flowers, it's generations tending to family that have gone on, and now growing to honor those without one.

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