MEAD, OK -- Mead residents say the peace has been disturbed for far too long at their cemetery and they are looking to put a stop to it.
For more than 10 years Mary Tadlock says she has been picking up beer cans trying to keep up Mead Cemetery clean.
"I had to leave my job and run out here and mark the graves, and just do it all," Tadlock said.
But now, Tadlock says she will not have to do all the work alone anymore. At this month's council meeting two other members were elected to the "Cemetery Board".
"It makes me feel wonderful because now I've got help and the community's getting involved in it now," Tadlock said.
In a unanimous vote the council decided to take over the site that has been an important part of the community for more than 100 years.
Mayor Chad Sanford says currently the cemetery is kept up by volunteers and donations, but once the city takes over they will use tax money to help keep it up.
"We're going to start mowing it and taking care of it proper, and we hope that people will still donate and chip in so we can help take care of it proper," Sanford said.
The first improvement planned? A new gate, and lights to keep trespassers out.
"We've had some devil worshippers over here also that our neighbor up on the hill has had to come and run them out three times, and they steal the angels off the graves," Tadlock said.
"It's real disrespectful when you can walk throughout the cemetery and look down and pick up a needle or a beer bottle," Mead resident, Judy Boone, said.
Sanford and Tadlock say they want the cemetery to be a peaceful final resting place for area loved ones for years to come.
"Just about everybody in the community has family and friends buried here and probably will have family and friends buried here in the future," Sanford said.
If you would like to donate to help improve the Mead cemetery you can send donations to the City Treasurer P.O Box 134 Mead, Oklahoma.