Lee Mission Cemetery is a historic pioneer cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is not endowed, meaning perpetual care is not provided by the Association.  The cemetery is a non-profit corporation
with a 501(c) (3) exemption as allowed by the IRS.
  The cemetery is privately owned and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors retains the right to assign and regulate rules associated with the use of the cemetery. 
The following policies have been established to allow the Lee Mission Cemetery Board of Directors to maintain control over the operation of the cemetery, and are not designed to hinder anyone the use of the cemetery. 
Any questions should be addressed to Lee Mission Cemetery PO Box 2011 Salem, OR 97308, or by calling (503) 851-1803


Hours Open for Visitation:

May 1 thru Sep 30     Daily 8 am to 8 pm
Oct 1 thru April 30     Daily 8 am to 6 pm

No Exceptions:  The cemetery is patroled by AAA Security.  Anyone still in the cemetery at closing with be asked to leave and the gate is locked at that time.  Anyone in the cemetery after the gate is locked will be reported to the Salem Police Department under Trespassing Ordinance SRC 95.550


All dogs must be kept on a leash, under the control of the owner, and kept off graves.  Owners must clean up waste left by their animal and remove it from the cemetery.


Marion County Code 6.05.050 states the keeper of a dog commits a civil infraction if the keeper's dog(s) commits any of the following acts:


Cemetery Burial Rules and Regulations.


1. There is a charge for any burial within the cemetery.  The fee for internment whether a coffin or an urn, is assessed through any licensed mortuary.  A marking fee is charged for locating and marking the site for burial.


2.  Transfer of ownership of a burial space must be recorded with the Lee Mission Cemetery. All  burials, whether initial or additional, must be recorded with Lee Mission Cemetery.


3.  Burials shall be made with the approval of those persons having authorization as defined by state law.  The names of authorized burials for each plot must be given at time of purchase.
     Changes must be submitted in writing with authorization from deed owner and/or interested parties.


4.  All outstanding fees assessed on lots must be paid prior to installation of any burial or  cremains.  No Markers, Monuments or Memorials may be installed on any lot which has not been paid in full.


5.  No cremated remains may be placed in the cemetery without authorization from the Lee Mission Cemetery Board. 


6.  An approved coffin or urn must be used. 


7.   Purchase of a single lot as burial space allows for one coffin and one urn OR for 2 urns.  In the RA and RC sections, 2 ground level markers may be used on each lot.  No above ground markers or monuments are allowed in these sections. 


8.  Marker dimensions are a 24 x 12 x 4 marker to mark a single grave single interment, a 36 or 48 x 12 x 4 to mark two side by side graves single interment in each grave and  a 30 x 18 x 4 to mark a single grave double interment


Landscape Policies


1.   In choosing grave markers, owners need to keep in mind the design of the cemetery.  All  markers and their installation must be approved by the cemetery association.  All markers are to be set with a four inch concrete border.


2.   Artificial flowers and decorations may be used only from October through March. During the months of April through September only fresh flowers may be placed on the graves. The cemetery association maintains the right
      to remove any article, planting or keepsake which is not consistent with the historical, natural and maintenance needs of the cemetery.


3.   No plantings or shrubs will be allowed without written approval of the Board of Directors of the Cemetery.


4.   Cemetery personnel are empowered to remove, at their discretion, any plantings found on any grave or lot.  Any trees or shrubs not authorized or posing a threat to the surrounding graves or markers may be removed by the Cemetery Association.


5. The Cemetery is open for the public’s use.  From time to time the gates may remain locked due to weather related damage to trees and roadways.  It is the intention to allow access as much  as possible. 


6.  All persons using the cemetery are expected to remove any trash or remains from any plastic or artificial decorations which have been placed as a part of their visit.



Thank you for your cooperation,












Rev 02/15