Family says stranger is buried in their family grave instead of their sister

HOUSTON – The Gamble family mourns the death of their sister, Willie Jean Gamble. The former North Forest ISD educator died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer.

Her sister, Sibbie Curry, describes her as a loving, sweet, God-fearing woman.

“She trusted her family to do things right for her. We did our best to do what was right for her,” Curry said.

Curry feels like she hasn’t honored her sister’s wishes with her funeral and burial, after learning that a stranger is buried next to their parents instead of Gamble.

“There’s someone else in her grave,” she said.

The family shared their disbelief over the incident with KPRC 2’s Rilwan Balogun.

Curry said as the family left the funeral service on their way to the burial, they realized employees of Paradise Funeral Home and Cemeteries were taking them away from their family plot.

When confronted, Curry said the employees apparently recognized the problem.

“‘Get in the car. We’re going to fix it,'” Curry remembers being told. “We’re going to fix it.” But here I am boohooing and I want to know, ‘What’s going on?'” she said. “All I want is answers,” Curry said. “Tell me what you can all do . What are you going to do?”

It is not yet clear what the next steps are for the family. But it’s likely that family members of the person buried in the Gamble plot will need to be notified.

Curry said she was told someone from Paradise Funeral Home and Cemeteries would call her Monday to sort things out. In the meantime, Curry said, her sister is waiting for the funeral.

“I am very disappointed and heartbroken. It seems like my heart is already broken because my sister is gone, but it looks like someone just stepped on me and made it worse,” Curry said. “God knows I pray this doesn’t happen to another family. This is heartbreaking.”

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