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Share the Stories

In an effort to preserve the histories of families who have chosen Llano, a new project is being undertaken. It is called “Share the Story.” Families are being asked to share the stories of their family members at Llano.

Every family has a story to tell. But sometimes those stories don’t get written down and, with the passage of time, they are lost. Don’t let this happen to your family.

“ This project serves two purposes,” according to Carol Lovelady, board member. “First, we will help families preserve their stories. Second, we will be enhancing the history of the cemetery.”

“ Llano has a rich heritage,” Lovelady said. “The story of the cemetery itself has already been written. But Llano is much more than the grounds and the buildings. Our history includes the stories of those who are buried here,” she said. “We have more than 46,000 burials at Llano, each with a story. We want to know those stories to collect and preserve them for future generations.”

In the year 2000, the Amarillo Globe News compiled a list of 100 individuals who have played a significant role in the history of the Texas Panhandle. Nominations were solicited from the public and the final selection was made by a committee of 30 people representing all walks of life.

Of those 100 individuals, a significant portion are deceased. Forty-five of those on the list are interred at Llano Cemetery. “That is a huge portion of our history,” said Lovelady. “We need to preserve, as well as promote that history. That is why we are undertaking this project.”

Here are the guidelines to participate in “Share the Story.” Each story must be about an individual who is interred at Llano Cemetery. Stories are to be 400 words or less and must be typed. Submit stories to "Share the Story" at Llano Cemetery, P.O. Box 563, Amarillo, TX 79105. There is no deadline for submission.

“ But remember,” said Lovelady, “sometimes you put off doing something now and it never gets done. Don’t let the opportunity pass. Take the time now to write down the story of your family members at Llano.”


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