By Terry Harpole
MABEN — The sixth annual memorial for Maben Memorial Garden will be June 3 at 10:30 a.m. at Maben United Methodist Church. This cemetery is not a church cemetery, but a public cemetery, and until six years ago had never had a memorial. Two of the longtime cemetery board members, Ossie Norris Jr. and James Thompson, had long expressed a wish for holding annual memorials for this cemetery. Finally, six years ago, the first memorial was held for this cemetery after the nearby Maben United Methodist Church offered to host the annual memorial, with all money taken up to be given to the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery. Thompson did live to see one memorial, and then Norris, president of the board, lived to see two memorials. The land where the older part of this cemetery is was once owned by the Holland family, and they had an apple orchard on the land. The Holland family gave the land for this cemetery, with the request that spaces would be reserved for any Holland burials, and now many Hollands are buried here. Later, the Maben Lions Club purchased additional land next to the cemetery to be added as a part. The old Maben Cemetery was established in 1837 and the first person buried there was Thomas Heintz. The Rev. Shawn Nygard, pastor of Midway Church of Christ, will bring the message at this year’s memorial. A covered-dish lunch will be served at noon and Howard Cooper will host a gospel singing at 1 p.m. For more information, call 263-8327, 263-8347 or 263-4995.