When Myra Beard would take flowers to her parents’ graves in Green Lawn cemetery, she couldn’t help but notice how sad all of the neglected graves seemed.
Understanding that it’s hard for many people to see to their loved ones’ gravesites because of distance or age or the pandemic, the self-professed crafter realized she could fill a need in Vicksburg.
Beard decided to start her small business, Myra’s Memorial Flower Service. She creates flower arrangements and delivers them to local cemeteries for people unable to do it themselves.
The elementary teacher has always loved to work with flowers and has made arrangements for weddings and similar events.
“I make what I think looks good.I’m not formally trained, but I’ve read books on floral arrangements and watched YouTube videos,” Beard said.
Beard asks her customers to choose a couple of colors they like, and she sets out to find artificial flowers and accessories to meet their wishes. She then delivers the arrangements and spruces up their loved ones gravesites before taking pictures to send to the loved ones.
Beard says she tries to find materials on sale and stocks up when she can in order to be able to keep customers’ costs down. She tries to keep prices around $35 for small arrangements and $50 for larger ones. She does not charge a delivery or photography fee.
Beard said, “My parents always taught me how important it is to honor our deceased loved ones by keeping flowers on their graves, so yes, my parents inspired me to do this.”