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Ivy and Oak Leaf

JOSEPH COPE 1843 – 1917 ALICE G. COPE 1853 – 1932 The Cope family gray marble gravestone in the St. Francis Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, looks half-finished.  On one side is a column that looks like it is freshly and … Continue reading

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Bivouac of the Dead

In Memory of JAMES A. T. McGrath Lieut. Co. A. 15th Ky. Vol. Inf. fell at the battle of Perryville, Ky. Oct. 8, 1862. On Fate’s eternal camping-ground His silent tent is spread, And glory guards, with solemn round The … Continue reading

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Sleeping Baby

ANETA LOIS Daughter of Joe AND Bessie HARRIS BORN June 17, 1900 DIED Nov. 22, 1907 A light from our household has gone A voice we loved is stilled A place is vacant in our hearts That never can be … Continue reading

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A Fair Bud

INDIA BELLE Daughter of JAMES R. and MAMIE BALDWIN Born Nov. 21. 1898 Died July 17 1903, Aged 4 yrs. 8 Months Beautiful, lovely, She was but given, A fair bud to earth, To blossom in Heaven. The white marble … Continue reading

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Lamb of God

Homemade grave markers come in all forms and are made of many different kinds of materials.  This grave marker in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, is a Latin cross made of cement with intricately molded terracotta tiles … Continue reading

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Homemade Elegance

Homemade grave markers come in many shapes and made of many different materials.  This particular homemade marker in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in south Indianapolis, Indiana, is made of metal.  Two crossbars form a Latin cross—the universal symbol for Christianity—and … Continue reading

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Monumental Designs

Brenda Putnam (1890-1975), was a well-known 20th Century sculptor born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She had impeccable training having studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Putnam also studied with the famed artist, James Earle Fraser, … Continue reading

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