Charlotte Hannah
March 13, 2013

Mortuary Accidentally Buries Wrong Woman


Via: CBS News

Evan Davidson and his wife Darlene were married for 51 years before she died of heart failure at the age of 82. Most people would agree that after knowing her for so long, Evan would know what she looked like. That’s what he thought, too.

Employees of the Simpson Family Mortuary in Inglewood, Calif., disagreed. So when Evan insisted the woman lying in the casket wasn’t his dearly beloved, they told him he was confused.

“I looked at her and said, ‘Well this don’t look like my wife at all,’” he told KABC-TV. “They kept telling me it was, but it’s just because she had been embalmed and she was sick.”

Evan wasn’t convinced.

“I was pretty certain it wasn’t my wife – unless she did some awful changing,” he explained to NBCLA.

The funeral went ahead as planned anyway, and the woman in the casket was buried in Darlene’s grave. But the woman in the casket wasn’t Darlene, as employees of the mortuary discovered several days later during a different funeral.

According to Evan, he got a call from someone at the mortuary who told him they “had a lady over there jumping up and down, saying the lady that she came to visit was not her mother.”

And sure enough, when Evan returned to the funeral home, he found his wife, looking the way he remembered her looking and decidedly un-buried.

An investigation is currently underway, and the Simpson Family Mortuary has offered to cover the expenses of exhuming the mistakenly buried body and holding new funerals for both women.

“Our main concern is for these people to receive the dignity and respect they deserve, and put the individual to rest. We are not sweeping it under the rug. We made an error and we want to rectify our error and do whatever we can do to make them feel better,” said a spokesman for the mortuary.

The moral of this story is that when a guy insists the woman you’re trying to bury is not his recently departed wife of 51 years, you should probably believe him. Embalmed or not, people tend to recognize their own loved ones.

You might say someone at the mortuary made a grave error in judgment.