Work continues on Angels Memorial

Work continues on Angels Memorial

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EVANSDALE, Iowa --- Angels Memorial on the island at Meyers Lake is taking shape.

The island is being turned into a memorial for Lyric Cook-Morrissey, Elizabeth Collins and others. The young cousins disappeared in July 2012, and their bodies were found in December. Their bikes were found abandoned at the lake.

Despite recent heavy rains, workers have constructed two of four gazebos in addition to the large shelter that will grace the island.

The metal roof was installed on the shelter Friday, and workers are waiting for roofing materials to complete the two gazebos, said Chris Webb, who is overseeing construction on the island.

Webb said workers will next construct the remaining gazebos, which already have been purchased, and work on the paths that lead to the gazebos.

"The weather has not been cooperating at all," he said.

Webb said workers still need to seed, plant trees and flower gardens, including a heart-shaped rose garden. Benches and memorial bricks also will be installed.

"Frickson Excavating will come in and flatten everything, get it nice and flat," Webb said. "We will have plumbing, sewer, electric over there. It will be a completely functioning island."

The memorial will be handicapped accessible, he said.

Webb said a 36-foot by 52-foot concrete slab will go in around the 24-foot by 400-foot shelter.

"All the concrete has been donated by United Concrete," he said.

"People are coming out to look at it," Webb said. "Seeing the people's faces, it's like a shine of light. They are seeing something positive happening out of something horrible."


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