Cashmere Cemetery Service Project

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters.

The City of Cashmere owns, maintains, and operates the Cashmere Cemetery located at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Evergreen Drive.

Cemeteries are among some of the most valuable of historic resources in each area. They are reminders of various settlement patterns, such as villages, rural communities, urban centers, and ghost towns. Cemeteries can reveal information about historic events, religions, lifestyles, and genealogy.

Names on gravemarkers serve as a directory of early residents and reflect the ethnic diversity and unique population of each area. Cultural influence is prominent in headstone design, cemetery decoration, and landscaping contribute to the complete narrative of an area’s history.

Established in large part for the benefit of the living, cemeteries perpetuate the memories of the deceased, giving a place beauty and definition that we can visit to remember our loved ones.

Unfortunately, cemeteries are threatened by natural forces such as weathering and uncontrolled vegetation. No matter how hard cemetery workers try, the limited resources offered to cemeteries do not always enable them to maintain individual headstones. That is when the loving tender administration of the community is needed most.

On Saturday, September 10th, 2022, a group of more than 35 community volunteers from the North Wenatchee and Cashmere area spent more than 60 or more man-hours cutting grass back from the headstones at the Cashmere Cemetery. They tenderly administered to those who could not do it for themselves.

The Volunteers who tidied the graves at the Cashmere Cemetery.
The Volunteer Group

A community member who was not part of the project recently visited a family member’s gravesite and saw all the efforts put in by the volunteers, “Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your efforts are much appreciated. It is sometimes hard to find a grave if you are not especially familiar with where it is in the cemetery. Especially when the grass becomes overgrown. When we visited after the volunteers had cut back the grass the gravestones were easy to read and we could see them in all of their glory.”

The efforts of the community volunteers were noticed and much appreciated when a volunteer posted images and a summary of the work completed on a community Facebook page. People from as far away as Missouri sent messages thanking the volunteers for their work as they do not live close enough to perform the task of tidying the graves of their loved ones.

This community volunteer effort was organized by Karen Christensen and Chelsea Mahuika and supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.