Red tape keeps family from burying 92-year-old mother

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 12:00 AM

(WHAS11)--  On Thursday afternoon loved ones were gathered in a room to say goodbye to Josephine Tankersley, a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who died after a battle with Alzheimer’s. 

 
They should all be headed to lay her to rest in a Southern Indiana cemetery, but there's a problem.
 
“The thought of my mother in cold storage for three weeks doesn't sit well with me, it makes me mad, Angie xx said, the daughter of Tankersley. 
 
Decades ago Angie’s mother bought a plot in Forest Grove Cemetery right near the Memphis-Borden line.   It's a community cemetery with less than 200 interments according to records, but it houses the 92-year-old Tankersley’s mother, brother and son-in-law. There's even a space already waiting for her daughter, Angie's sister.   And it's just beyond that headstone Angie said, her parents are supposed to be buried.
 
It turns out the woman with all of the plot records, the only one who can authorize the burial, is out of town and left no way to contact her for the next three weeks.  
 
The family found out during last night’s visitation less than 24 hours before Tankersley was to be buried.
 
WHAS11 was at the cemetery on Tuesday and found a list of trustees. We were able to get in touch with two of them. 
 
They told whas11 they had just learned of this situation and will make the plot available on Wednesday.
 

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