When business doesn’t deliver parents’ headstone, another marker company helps family

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- To some he may have just looked like a guy with a measuring tape in the middle of a cemetery who was taking an unusual interest in one grave. But to Janice Sollars and her family Steve Palmer is a hero.

Palmer and his wife Darlene came to a rain-soaked Ashland Cemetery near downtown St. Joseph, Missouri to help the Sollars after watching their story on FOX 4 Problem Solvers.

Janice Sollars has been waiting for more than a year for a headstone for her parents' grave. The cemetery owner she paid has never delivered it. Ashland owner Cora Bullock Opuiyo even broke her promise to Problem Solvers that she would have the headstone within a few days. That was more than a month ago.

Palmer said he knew this was a problem he could solve. He and his wife have been making new headstones and restoring old ones since 1992 when they first formed their company Palmer & Sons Gravestone Restoration and sales in Cainsville, Missouri.

"I wanted to help this family," said Palmer who is giving a headstone to the Sollars free of charge  . "It seemed like the right thing to do."

"Grateful, very grateful," said Janice Sollars. "I know my mom and dad will appreciate it . The whole family. God bless everybody who has helped."

The headstone should be in place by the end of June.