Memorial Park Cemetery was established in 1951 by Hubert Vickers. Today the cemetery has grown from an initial five-acre development to 35 acres of beautifully manicured and religious gardens. An additional 40 acres is available for future development.
The philosophy of the growth of Memorial Park has been the belief that the church and cemetery are closely related. For this reason, each section has been developed around events in the Life of Christ.
As you visit Memorial Park, you will observe the following works of art,
- I. The Holy Bible
- II. The Good Sheppard
- III. Jesus and the Woman of Sameria
- IV. Christ Carrying the Cross
- V. Christ Calming the Water with Peter, James and John
- VI. St. Matthew
- VII. St. Mark
- VIII. The Nativity Scene
- IX. The Crucifixion of Christ
- X. Christ's Empty Tomb
- XI. The Pieta (Mary holding Jesus after crucifixion)
- XII. The Christus ( a larger than life size statue of Jesus)
Memorial Park offers traditional funerals, cemetery facilities including regular burials, bronze and monument sections, private mausoleums, niches and columbarium.
The cemetery has undergone a major period of beautification in recent years, becoming a family-oriented garden with distinctive statuary, a serene lake, religious art, uniquely titled gardens, tree-line driveways, a Masonic area, a Veterans memorial, and a special Garden of Honor for fireman and law enforcement officers.
The combination is now owned by Jack Frost, who has been in the cemetery business for 57 years. Frost has bought and sold over 100 cemeteries across the country from Montana to Florida, coming to purchase Memorial Park in 1988. He describes his “crown jewel”, saying it is the first property he’s truly had the chance to build according to his vision of providing a memorial garden distinct among all others.
The overall design and landscaping of Memorial Park Cemetery also reflects the “we care” theme. The design enhances the natural flow of topography of its location. Driveways are distinguished by the carefully placed Bradford pear trees whose blossoms in the spring and foliage in the autumn add natural beauty to the garden setting.
Each of the different areas of the cemetery is identified by a unique example of Italian marble statuary. Sculpted by Almo Lavinigo, eminent Italian sculptor, each statue is one of a kind original. The marble Lavinigo uses is from the same strain of carrara marble used by Michelangelo in the classic work “David”. The intricate work is Lavinigo is amazing in its careful attention to detail in each aspect of his work.
These sculptures are in religious themes including portraits of the Disciples, scenes from the life of Jesus, and Biblical stories. One such spot in the cemetery is known as Noah’s Ark. From the position of standing on a promontory in Memorial Lake, Noah, in marble form, looks over more than 48 bronze animals.
More and more families, couples and individuals are coming to Memorial Lake to find quiet serenity in its tranquil setting.
Sixteen United States flags encircle the Veterans’ Garden. This garden is a monument to those who have served in the various branches of our armed forces. Included in the setting of the Veterans’ Garden is the eternal flame, a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice those who have served our country.
One of the most visited areas of Memorial Park Cemetery is the Garden of Love. Situated on the highest site overlooking the cemetery, the garden consists of a statue of a couple holding hands and looking upward. There is wrought iron furniture in the garden for visitors to spend their time sitting quietly reflecting on the loveliness of the resting place of their loved ones.
Memorial Park is indeed a family oriented cemetery. Families are invited and encouraged to drive through the cemetery to admire the gardens with their unique statuary. To aid in their visit and to give them specific information about the different areas of the cemetery, each family may obtain a recorded CD from the funeral home office. The CD becomes their in-car personal guide through the cemetery. In this way, all are welcome to enjoy the many treasures Memorial Park has to offer.