cd Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Blacksburg): UUC Memorial Committee

UUC Memorial Committee

In April 2010, the UUC Memorial Committee was given Board approval to raise $10,000 for construction of a Memorial Garden, and permission was given for the committee to make a presentation at the June 6 Annual Congregational Meeting.

Since its inception several years ago, the committee has shared its ideas with the Congregation through two Sunday services, and 67 members and friends took part in a survey in 2008 that addressed issues related to a UUC Memorial Garden.

For further details about the committee history, click here.

The UUC Memorial Garden

The UUC Memorial Garden, dedicated after the service on May 8, 2011, is maintained as a long-term repository for cremains and as a peaceful area for meditation and remembrance.

garden plot plan

Construction of the Memorial Garden

The committee examined several proposed plans, met with town officials, and with Lori Tolliver-Jones, a landscape architect. The garden includes a scatter area as well as a columbarium and memorial plaques. It  is approximately 40 feet in diameter.

Completion of the Memorial Garden

UUC Memorial Garden Documents

UUC Memorial Committee

In addition to approving the Policies & Procedures at their July 8 meeting, the UUC Board also approved fivemembers of the UUC Memorial Committee. In summer 2011, one member stepped down and two more were approved. The current members (and tasks) are Susan Baker (Grounds Caretaker), Dick Bauman (Congregational Liaison), Bobbie Littlefield (Chair and Registrar), Tim Pickering (Columbarium Caretaker), and Arthur Snoke (Treasurer, Web site). Isabel Berney maintains the Committee's Book of Treasures.

The purpose of the UUC Memorial Committee is to maintain and enhance a memorial garden space for UUC, to establish a permanent record of gifts to the Congregation, and to provide opportunities to memorialize those dear to members and friends of the Congregation.


The earliest incarnation of the committee oversaw the establishment of a file of members' wishes for their memorial services.

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