GLENVIL — Family members of a Harvard woman buried in the Glenvil Cemetery were surprised to learn it was the cemetery's policy to dig graves 4 feet deep, and even more surprised to learn there was less than a foot of soil covering the vault containing her casket.
Longtime Glenvil resident Lorna Brown, who had been living at Harvard Rest Haven until her death this summer at age 90, was buried in the cemetery July 21.
When her granddaughter, Tricia Hazen of Blue Hill, and Tricia's husband, Dave, visited the grave on Aug. 22, Dave's foot broke through the soil and reached the concrete vault.
"It was soft when he stepped there and just went down," said Lorna Brown's son, Bob Brown of rural Harvard. "His foot went down beside the vault. He didn't have to go down very far. His foot was only about 12 inches or so down in there, and it was caught beside the vault."