Letter to the Editor

Help is needed at Iona Cemetery after tornado

Saturday, June 7, 2003

To the editor:

Iona Cemetery, a small, well-loved cemetery off Route V between Cape Girardeau and Jackson, received considerable damage as a result of the May 6 tornado. There were many old cedar trees sprinkled throughout the cemetery that were blown down. Many grave markers were either broken, knocked off their foundation, displace or scattered throughout the cemetery. Some may even be missing.

We are pleading with anyone who may have a loved one in the cemetery or who may know of someone else who has loved ones there to please contact us with any information they may have in helping us place the disrupted markers back in their appropriate places. If someone has old photographs that have been taken throughout the years, this might possibly help.

We are deeply concerned for the quaint cemetery and pray that we will be able to restore it to its former condition through volunteers, information, pictures or donations. Feel free to contact me at 334-6686.


Cape Girardeau