© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
James Oakley stands next to the anonymously donated granite marker placed on the grave of his mother, Marilyn.
By Lisa Goudy
James Oakley was pleased when he placed a granite marker on his mother’s grave on Friday.
“I’m happy for it,” said Oakley. “I like (having) this instead of the other thing I had at home.”
The granite marker was donated anonymously following the approval Oakley had recently received from city council to install a marker on the grave of his mother, Marilyn Oakley, who died on Jan. 16, 2010 at age 64.
Oakley said he was very thankful for the assistance from Remco Memorial Ltd, as well as the anonymous donor and Citizens All. He is a participant with Citizens All, which is a local organization to support people with intellectual disabilities who still live on their own.
Oakley had appeared before city council on April 2 to request permission to place an oval-shaped metal marker on his mother’s grave. The parks and recreation advisory committee had previously denied his request because the metal marker did not meet the city’s monument regulations.
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