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A year’s work creates a directory of Helper’s eternal residents

By John Serfustini

Doris Prettyman hasn’t been idle in her retirement. She has been patiently working for a full year on a community service project for Helper City and for the benefit of anyone who has loved ones interred in the city cemetery.
She has produced an address book of more than 3,000 names and locations of grave sites to help guide visitors.
There is a sign for that purpose at the cemetery already, but she explained to the city council last Thursday that she can’t get close enough or stand tall enough to see it clearly.
Prettyman figured that other people may have the same visual problem so she decided to get to work and organize a directory.
The work involved taking a picture of the sign and doing additional research for accuracy.
With the help of her grand daughter Dustey Prettyman, she also managed to take photos of all the headstones to include in her database. Dustey also served as laminator in chief, making sure that every page is protected in a clear plastic sheath.
Prettyman said she hopes the city will keep the book in a protected place at the cemetery, something that councilman and public works director Gary Harwood said is feasible.
Mayor Ed Chavez and the council accepted the directory and complimented Doris and Dustey for the effort.

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