A woman who lived to be 105 didn’t want to leave this world with any debts. But the pre-need funeral package purchased in 1997 didn’t put burial expenses to rest.
Maggie Patterson died in early June. Her cousin Thalia McElroy called Myers funeral home in Omaha where the pre-need funeral certificate, worth about $4,000 with interest, had been purchased. A recording on the business number said Myers funeral home owner Larry Myers had retired and the mortuary was no longer doing business.
The family had to hire two other funeral homes to handle arrangements in Omaha and Memphis where Maggie was buried.
McElroy said she attempted to redeem the pre-need funeral certificate but Myers had not been available to sign off on it. McElroy said her calls and letters had gone unanswered for three months.
Six On Your Side left messages at the funeral home and asked the Better Business Bureau to assist. Bureau President Jim Hegarty said he then received a call from Larry Myers.
The retired funeral home director promised to make sure outstanding funeral expenses are covered. McElroy said she was surprised by the call after three months. She hopes the burial issue will be put to rest by next week.
She said Maggie would be doing handstands in her grave if she knew her funeral had not been paid for yet.