Family seeks answers after loved one’s Durham grave is muddy, uneven 6 months after burial

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — If you look around Glennview Memorial Park in Durham, the majority of the gravesites have grass on top of them.

Then you come to Betty Easter’s plot and see an uneven area of mud, gravel and puddles of water.  

“I’m hurt, I’m mad, and I just want my sister to have the right resting place,” said Betty’s sister Nastasia Easter. “This isn’t my job. I don’t know what it takes to bury anyone, but I know this isn’t it.”

Easter can’t believe her sister’s grave is still in this bad of shape.

The 30-year-old passed away more than six months ago after battling breast cancer.

“She literally was not just my sister. She was my best friend,” said Nastasia Easter.

Betty Easter left behind eight siblings and two young kids.

“Very hurt, very hurt. My whole family is hurt,” said Betty’s mother Yolanda Easter.

On Friday, Betty’s 3-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son visited her gravesite.

“[Her son] said, ‘Why is mommy in the mud?’ ” said Yolanda Easter.

“This is embarrassing. This is disrespectful. I look around and I see grass everywhere but her plot,” said Nastasia Easter.

Making matters worse, this isn’t the first time they’ve faced problems with Glennview Memorial Park.

CBS 17 spoke to the family in November because the plot was uneven near a large pile of dirt.

At the time, a groundskeeper said it was still settling due to the weather.

More than three months after that conversation, the family says the conditions have only gotten worse.

“It looks like fresh dirt and a muddy pool of water, rocks, like gravel. This looks like she was buried a couple days ago when she passed away in August,” said Nastasia.

The Easter family filed a complaint with the North Carolina Cemetery Commission, which is the authoritative body that upholds laws and standards.

A commission spokesperson said once their office receives a complaint, they issue a letter to the cemetery and the cemetery has 20 business days to respond.

“It’s very hurtful. I’m trying to be strong, but it’s very hard,” said Nastasia Easter.

The Easter family said they won’t stop fighting until they see results.

“I would like for them to do their job. I would like for them to do their damn job that was paid for,” said Yolanda Easter.

CBS 17 reached out to Glennview Memorial Park’s owner to get their side of the story. As of this publishing, they have not responded.

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