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The Mount Nebo Cemetery index lists individuals interred at this cemetery located in Spokane County, Washington. Death dates on the markers range from 1910-2012, and 1838 is the earliest birth date shown. Index information about an individual may include name, birth date, birth place, death date, and names of family members. Index data was compiled by Maggie Rail, a member of the Washington State Cemetery Association who has transcribed over 400 cemeteries since 1993.
The Mount Nebo Cemetery is located at: T25N R42E Sec 14 Lat: 47° 39' 53"N, Lon: 117° 28' 13"W.
Contact Information: Temple Beth Shalom, 1322 E 30th
Spokane WA 99203, 509-747-3304
There are 594 individuals listed in this index.
This index is in English.
This index is open for research.
Abbreviations used in this index:
b/o = brother of
c/o = child of
d/o = daughter of
f/o = father of
h/o = husband of
s/o = sister of
s/w = stone with
w/o = wife of
Notes from transcriber Maggie Rail, Jun 13, 2001, last updated Mar 19, 2012:
“Mount Nebo cemetery is on North Government Way, just north of and adjacent to Greenwood Memorial Park. It can be reached by going west on Fort George Wright Drive, past Spokane Community College to Government Way. Turn left or south, onto Government Way and continue for a little over a mile, it will be on your right and tricky to spot behind the trees.”
“This is the second Jewish cemetery in Spokane, replacing the first which was called Ahalath Israel Cemetery and owned by the Keneseth Israel congregation, dedicated in 1914. As it turned out few burials were made there and soon removed to this cemetery because of the condition of the land. It was too rocky for digging the depth needed for burials.”
“As I walked and read this cemetery construction was in progress for a new section which will have room for 739 new lots. The plat was signed by Mark A Silver, President and Rebecca Lee, Secretary on Jun 25, 2002.”
“I have transcribed from photos taken when I walked the cemetery on Jun 07, 2001. I then compared my work with the Sexton files provided me by the office of Temple Beth Shalom.”
“Most of the headstones were upright with the star of David, usually on the top center front. Many had Hebrew writing on them, both front and back. I found a few which were only in Hebrew, except for the name. I found the stones to be very original and quite beautiful.”
“I am willing to share photos. They are not always the best, since I only take them for my own use to read the stones, but most are not too bad.”
“There is a Jewish tradition of placing a pebble, rock or stone upon the grave marker each time you visit your loved one's burial place. I am told it is a way, symbolically, of showing that the family or friend has not forgotten the deceased. By doing this the deceased's memory is long lasting just as the stone is. There were many stones placed on top and around the headstones, some more than others. To the right is one example.”
“There were two memorials in this cemetery which seemed important enough to me, to be mentioned along with the burials.”
“This first memorial was in memory of Yetta Cohen who was the mother of one of the prominant members of the Jewish community, and also of the city of Spokane, Dr David Cowen. Dr Cowen is buried in this cemetery. As far as I can determine, his mother is not. One can see this memorial off to your right as you drive up the roadway into the cemetery. You may see the memorial to your right .”
“The second memorial was in memory of the Lassman family and Bialogrod family members who were related to a member of this community. Those listed on this memorial were lost in the Holocaust. I think rather than try to type them here, I will let the photograph of the memorial show them to you .”
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Mount Nebo Cemetery Spokane County Index, Office of Secretary of State, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: Index and transcription notes were donated to the Washington State Archives by Maggie Rail, Historical Records Project, March 2012.
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