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The eldest of ten founders Elizabeth Grace Hubbell Shults was the only sister of age to sign the incorporation papers of Alpha Phi Fraternity on October 10, 1872 at Syracuse University. Her outstanding scholarship and humor helped unite the Sisterhood as a family of friends, bound together by a common sense of ideals. In celebration of her life and contributions, the Loyal Sisters of Alpha Phi dedicate this memorial on October 7, 1995. In the hundred years since her passing the Fraternity has grown to number 162 Collegiate Chapters, 190 Alumnae Chapters, and over 124,000 members internationally.

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My faith in immortality and in the goodness of Him who guides and directs all things is very great.

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“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”

June Louise’s epitaph is a quote from Albert Camus. I love the quote, but I don’t claim familiarity with Camus or his philosophy, so I did some quick Googling to write this post. Camus was a mid-20th century philosopher who agreed with many others in that human life was illogical and irrational, but diverged from some of his contemporaries by emphasizing what he perceived as the sanctity of human life and living by a strict moral code to maximize everyone’s enjoyment of life. There is a second hopeful thought in his words for those of us who live in the snowy midwest – summer is never too far away.

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William T Becker

On the list of things that I never noticed the first time around are trumpets being held by angel statues. Trumpets are a pretty necessary accessory for a Christian angel – they were supposedly heard on the night that Christ was born and will be heard again on Judgment Day to call the souls to resurrection. Trumpets are a more general symbol of victory and resurrection as well.



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Henry J. Raffensperger

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The bibliophile in me loves cemetery statues holding books. As I’ve described before, the book as a funerary symbol can represent the Bible or the Book of Life. The above statue tops the Ely monument in Lake View Cemetery. Below are more examples from Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.



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In the almost two years since I started this blog (a little more, since I began the photography a while before), I have walked a number of cemeteries. And the style of monument that fails to excite me, every time, is the giant stone ball. I respect the workmanship and skill it takes to carve and polish stone to a mirror finish, but the monuments don’t make me fall back in awe the way statues or a lot of symbols do. To each their own, I guess.

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I’ve found some more stones that use the metaphor of sleep for death. Sidney Guy Sea’s epitaph is “Secure I turn to rest and sleep.”

Sidney Guy Sea

In a reference to Christianity, George Johnson’s stone says “He giveth his beloved sleep.”


Elizabeth Sanford “fell asleep in Jesus.”


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An apostrophe does not mean “Caution! S approaching.”

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