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Columbaria set at Russell Heights

Do you need a dignified place to store the ashes of your cremated loved one?

Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson now has three columbaria that are each about five feet tall, 13 feet long and have 48 niches.

Each niche is approximately a cubic foot. Each niche has a thin black granite inner door which will be sealed after the urn is placed inside. A second, thicker black granite outer door may be engraved with the name of the deceased and certain vital statistics such as birth and death dates before it is installed next to the inner door.

The 7,500-pound gray granite columbaria were set in place Wednesday using city workers, a crane truck and employees of Liley Monuments, the company that created the columbaria for the City.

The columbaria are located next to the recently built gazebo.

An outdoor service may be held under the gazebo before an urn is placed in its niche in the columbarium.

There is additional space to install three more single columbaria and two double columbaria near the gazebo.

A columbarium is similar to a mausoleum; both offer final places of rest above ground. A mausoleum, however, stores bodies while a columbarium stores urns with cremated remains.

The City has not yet set the rates for purchasing a niche or decided upon rules regarding font size and styles for engraving the doors.

Gregory Dullum has worked for The Cash-Book Journal for more than 25 years. Prior to becoming the editor in May 2017, he was production manager, circulation manager and reporter. Before moving to Cape Girardeau in 1988, he was editor of the Saint Louis Park Sailor, a weekly community newspaper in suburban Minneapolis, MN. A native of Minnesota, he returned there after graduating with distinction in 1978 from Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, with a degree in mass communications. His wife, Marie, whom he met in college, is a native of Zalma, a small town in southeast Missouri. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Gregory may be reached at

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