New headstones dedicated at MSSLC

01- MSSLC staff joined the MSSLC Volunteer Council on Monday, April 17, in dedicating new headstones at the facility’s old cemetery. The Volunteer Council paid for brand new headstones for all 29 graves and also added two benches. Shown here, clockwise from left, are Community Relations Director Cheryl Cockrell, Pam Little, Venterlene McIlveen, Volunteer Council President Bill Ward, Valaree Hathaway, Debbie Allen, MSSLC Director Carolyn Minter, Anita Foley, Debrah Burgess and Chaplain Karen Hulsey. 

02- The Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council provided this and 28 other headstones, one for each grave in the MSSLC cemetery, to replace the old ones, which were in disrepair. Members of the Council and MSSLC employees dedicated the headstones on Monday, April 17.
03- A peaceful blue sky and puffy white clouds frame the sign above the cemetery gate at the Mexia State Supported Living Center at the dedication of the new headstones, held Monday, April 17.  Photos by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News. 

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Nearly a dozen people gathered at the Mexia State Supported Living Center’s old cemetery last week to dedicate new headstones for those interred there. 

The MSSLC Volunteer Council was at the center of the project, as is often the case when something special is planned to benefit the clients. 

The effort began last fall, when MSSLC administrators approached Director of Community Relations Cheryl Cockrell, who is also active in the Volunteer Council, with the need to do something about the cemetery’s headstones, many of which had fallen into disrepair. 

“After I observed the area, I presented a report  to the Volunteer Council,” Cockrell said, “at which time they reviewed the information and decided to replace all 29 headstones and add two benches.”

The culmination of the project was the dedication ceremony, held Monday, April 17. Those attending the ceremony carpooled in all-terrain or other four-wheel vehicles on the heavily rutted mud-and-grass track to the cemetery. 


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