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Evergreen Cemetery Double Booked

When airlines double-book seats, customers get irritated. When a cemetery double-sells gravesites, people come unglued. That’s what has played out in Post Falls since the city-run Evergreen Cemetery discovered last summer that three plots reserved by one family in 2008 were sold again and used for two burials. That came as a quite a shock to Jeannette DeHart, the Post Falls woman who held the original deed to the plots, as she prepared to bury her husband there last summer. “I thought this was one thing I did right, to get the plots ahead of time,” DeHart said. “I wanted to keep the family all in a row.” The mistake was due to poor recordkeeping by a former employee/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Jeannette DeHart stands near the plot where her husband, Gordon, is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls on March 12.)

Question: What would you do if you found yourself in Jeannette DeHart's situation?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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