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Ike Nettles created four death mask tombstones for people buried in Mt. Nebo Cemetery between 1933 and 1946. Three of the four death mask tombstones were of Ike's family members. This is a photo of the headstone of Ike's wife, Korean Nettles, who died in 1933. The three faces on her tombstone are of her and Ike's three children, Pauline, Marie, and Clara arranged asymmetrically on a narrow tombstone with an inscription to the right of the center. All three faces reveal traces of hair and the inscription says "mother" rather than Korean Nettles' name. The upper two of the three faces are still relatively intact. The one on the bottom of the stone has experienced heavier weathering and is losing some detail.


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