DALLAS -- With the passage of time, we inevitably lose loved ones and we find their final resting place. But for the Murphy family, the plots they bought aren't what they thought.

In 1955, Rosa Lee Murphy and her husband paid $420 for six plots in the two front sections near the front gates of what is now Crown Hill Memorial Park. But their burial plans changed.

'So we went out there to check on them and put them up for sale,' she said.

Instead, Murphy and son, Pat, found other families.

'When you step off the street, [it was supposed to be] these six. But now, I'm under the assumption that this is where our plots are, and we've moved back to the second row,' he said.

The Murphy's spoke to the owners of Crown Hill, and learned that empty area in front of their lots on this map, has since been plotted and opened to others.

'It's not what I envisioned, it's not what mom and dad wanted, it's not what they bought,' Murphy said.

We also spoke with the owners of the cemetery, and they sympathize with the Murphys, but say changes in a cemetery's landscape in the span of almost 60 years are bound to happen. The land is valuable, and if a cemetery needs to find room, it will make it, and it has no legal obligation to let you know of any changes if you've bought in that area.

'Maybe, legally, it's okay? But I don't think it's the right thing to do,' Murphy said.

Call it a frustrating reminder that two of life's constants are change and death.


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