There is something really sad about walking past a graveyard that has fallen into a state of disrepair. The cost of maintaining a cemetery is, unfortunately, more than many small towns can afford.
The Grand Mound Cemetery in Thurston County is one such place.
Thankfully, this community has a living angel who has taken it into her own hands.
Kelly Mulvaney cleans headstones at the Grand Mound Cemetery one at a time, in an effort to help restore heritage in her community.
As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Mulvaney began to take walks with her granddaughter. They often found themselves walking the paths at the Ground Mound Cemetery. The pair noticed “all the military headstones covered in mold and moss and mildew and I’m like those aren’t supposed to look like that.”
In an interview with KGW8 , Mulvaney was humble. Even though her own family is buried elsewhere, she cleans the graves here. "I'm not able to care for their gravesites, so this is kind of my way of being able to help other people in the same situation," she says.
On the day of the interview, Mulvaney had a spot chosen to clean. It was covered with pine needles and grass. "This guy's name is Evan David James," Mulvaney said as she begins to brush off the dirt. "He was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam."
The community is overcome by her selfless act. She's been dubbed the Rochester Cemetery Cleaning Angel.
Mulvaney hopes to have all of the military headstones done by next Memorial Day. You can follow her progress here on her Facebook page.