Disciplinary actions: Funeral directors

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

June 2013

Columbia Memorial Chapel — Pasco

  • Finding:
    • Failed to replace cemetery merchandise purchased by former owner in 1980 for a May 2010 burial until June 2011.
    • Failed to pay $2,795 received in August 2010 from the Washington State Funeral Directors Association Master Trust to Yeager Barrera Mortuary until May 2011.
    • Failed to deliver merchandise purchased in August 2010 until August 2011.
    • Failed to deposit $895 to the cemetery endowment card fund in a timely manner between 2008 and 2010. Filed trust fund reports for 2007–2010 late in 2010 and 2011. All amounts were paid prior to the issuance of the SOC in this matter and, in fact, a credit exists.
    • Failed to deposit $3,526.06 to the cemetery prearrangement trust fund in a timely manner between 2008 and 2010. All amounts were paid prior to the issuance of the SOC in this matter.
    • Failed to renew the Cemetery Certificate of Authority of Columbia Memorial Gardens in a timely manner.
    • Failed to renew the Prearrangement Funeral Service Contract sales license for Columbia Memorial Chapel in a timely manner.
    • Failed to renew Funeral Director Intern license in a timely manner because all required continuing education wasn’t completed.
    • Performed at least 22 burials and entered into at least 8 cemetery prearrangement contracts while the Cemetery Certificate of Authority of Columbia Memorial Gardens was expired between January 31, 2011, and August 29, 2011.
    • Entered into at least 5 funeral prearrangement contracts while the Funeral Prearrangement Sales license of Columbia Memorial Chapel was expired between March 31, 2011, and August 3, 2011.
    • Kathryn L. Tate entered into at least 11 at-need funeral arrangement contracts while her Funeral Director Intern license was expired between June 4, 2011, and August 11, 2011.
    • Failed to respond in a timely manner to our requests for a response to 3 complaints.
    • Due to a death in the family, failed to respond in a timely manner to our request for follow-up information about the 2011 cemetery audit.
  • Action:
    • Columbia Memorial Gardens is fined $30,000 and their Cemetery Prearrangement Sales License endorsement is suspended for 1 year. The suspension and $27,000 of the fine are stayed (not imposed) as long as they:
      • Submit evidence to the board within 90 days that they have implemented a labeling and storage system making pre-sold merchandise easily inventoried and accessible.
      • Comply with all renewal requirements on or before the expiration date of the license.
      • File all annual cemetery endowment care and funeral and cemetery prearrangement reports by the required due dates.
      • Don’t violate any laws or rules governing cemetery practice for 5 years.
    • Columbia Memorial Chapel is fined $21,000, and their Funeral Establishment license is suspended for 1 year. The suspension and $18,900 of the fine are stayed (not imposed) if they don’t violate any laws or rules governing funeral practice for 5 years.

Kathryn Tate — Pasco

  • Finding:
    • Failed to replace cemetery merchandise purchased by former owner in 1980 for a May 2010 burial until June 2011.
    • Failed to pay $2,795 received from the Washington State Funeral Directors Association Master Trust in August 2010 to Yeager Barrera Mortuary until May 2011.
    • Failed to deliver merchandise purchased in August 2010 until August 2011.
    • Failed to deposit $895 to the cemetery endowment card fund in a timely manner between 2008 and 2010. Filed trust fund reports for 2007–2010 late in 2010 and 2011. All amounts were paid prior to the issuance of the SOC in this matter and, in fact, a credit exists.
    • Failed to deposit $3,526.06 to the cemetery prearrangement trust fund in a timely manner between 2008 and 2010. All amounts were paid prior to the issuance of the SOC in this matter.
    • Failed to renew the Cemetery Certificate of Authority of Columbia Memorial Gardens in a timely manner.
    • Failed to renew the Prearrangement Funeral Service Contract sales license for Columbia Memorial Chapel in a timely manner.
    • Failed to renew her Funeral Director Intern license in a timely manner because all required continuing education wasn’t completed.
    • Performed at least 22 burials and entered into at least 8 cemetery prearrangement contracts while the Cemetery Certificate of Authority of Columbia Memorial Gardens was expired between January 31, 2011, and August 29, 2011.
    • Entered into at least 5 funeral prearrangement contracts while the Funeral Prearrangement Sales license of Columbia Memorial Chapel was expired between March 31, 2011, and August 3, 2011.
    • Entered into at least 11 at-need funeral arrangement contracts while her Funeral Director Intern license was expired between June 4, 2011, and August 11, 2011.
    • Failed to respond in a timely manner to our requests for a response to 3 complaints.
    • Due to a death in her family, failed to respond in a timely manner to our request for follow-up information about the 2011 cemetery audit.
  • Action: Fined $5,000, with $2,500 of the fine stayed (not imposed).

March 2013

House of Scott Funeral and Cremation Services, Kitty Scott — Tacoma

  • Finding:
    • Failed to deposit $7,063.68 to the funeral prearrangement trust fund between 2002 and November 2010.
    • Filed trust fund reports for 2007–2010 late in 2010 and 2011.
    • Kitty Scott failed to renew her license in a timely manner each year between 2003 and 2007, and between 2009 and 2011.
    • Failed to pay a disciplinary fine according to the terms of the agreed order dated September 16, 2009.
  • Action:
    • Fined $10,000, to be paid at $450 per month starting 60 days from date this order is served by the board.
    • Kitty Scott will never pursue a funeral director’s license, including taking the exam.
    • Will make full restitution for prearrangement trust fund shortages of $7,063.68 plus simple interest from the time the funds should have been deposited.
    • Subject to prearrangement trust fund audits for 2 years.

Coretta Hanson — Tacoma

  • Finding:
    • Failed to renew the establishment license in a timely manner each year between 2003 and 2005, and between 2007 and 2011.
    • Failed to renew her funeral director and embalmer licenses in a timely manner each year between 2003 and 2008, and between 2010 and 2011.
  • Action: Fined $3,000 and licensed suspended, with suspension stayed (not imposed) for 3 years if she complies with this order and doesn’t violate any laws and rules governing funeral practice.
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