Billye Taegel Krystow Memorial Garden
The St. Matthew’s Billye Taegel Krystow Memorial Garden occupies the northeast corner of the church campus. The idea of our Memorial Garden was conceived and proposed by James Newman. With his idea, planning, and a generous initial contribution from Henry Krystow, the Garden was built. It is very fitting to have our loved ones interred or memorialized on the church campus.
Each niche can be used for interment of cremains, or as a memorial, or the ashes may be put in the Common Urn in the Garden.
Take a walk through the Memorial Garden and you will feel the presence of our spiritual forefathers/mothers. I believe death is a beautiful transition in our walk with God. Our final resting place is with God. I invite you to take a contemplative walk through the memorial Garden and “be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46. St. Matthew’s campus is growing and maturing as may our own lives grow in Christ. Phase Three is currently represented by a wooden fence surrounding the garden that will eventually be replaced by a stone wall with Saltillo tile trim.
Niches and a common ground are available for placing of ashes. The niches are faced with gray granite plaques. These spaces are available to church members and their families for a contribution of $1,000. Each space is limited to one person. Plaques are also available to memorialize an individual church member, living or deceased, who has made a contribution of $1,000 or more to complete the Garden.
The Memorial Garden also contains several serene and peaceful areas for prayer and meditation. The Kinney Memorial Chapel is an outdoor chapel with a wooden cross and wooden seating. Additionaly there is a grass area for gatherings and wide walkways and seating for quiet meditation.