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Mt. Hope Cemetery
Highway 150 South Independence, Iowa 50644
work Tel: (319) 334-2595

Mt. Hope Cemetery was organized by a group of area residents in 1915. The first burial occurred later that year. Since its creation, Mt. Hope Cemetery has been managed and cared for by a series of area families.

In 1989, Mark White and John White became the latest to fill that role. They and other dedicated volunteers work to make Mt. Hope Cemetery one of the best cemeteries in the area. At this time Mt. Hope Cemetery is able to accommodate a range of memorialization options.

We have several areas dedicated to traditional burial spaces with memorials of granite or cast bronze. We also have a Cremation Garden that is dedicated to those who prefer cremation instead of traditional earth burial. Our individual cremation spaces are designed to eliminate several costs normally associated with cremation memorials. These spaces also offer the option for couples to be memorialized together. The spaces are covered with a permanent cast bronze memorial.

The Mt. Hope Ossuary is an option for those who prefer more minimal memorialization. Cremated remains of many individuals are commingled in the underground vault. These individuals are then recognized with a cast bronze name plate on our communal granite cenotaph.

Our final option at this time is a private family columbarium which will be located at the border of the Cremation Garden. A family columbarium can be designed to accommodate up to four individuals. Those who choose this option can be involved in the final design of the columbarium and thereby, help create the most personal memorial possible.

Mt. Hope Cemetery is also a source for the Sentinel electronic vigil candle. These individual memorial candles are powered by standard batteries. The simulated candle flame burns continuously for over 2,000 hours without changing the batteries. We think they are the best product of their kind on the market today. That is why we have them available at our office or by mail.

Please contact us by phone, mail, or email with any questions. We try, with the help of everyone involved with Mt. Hope Cemetery, to make the time spent there as meaningful as possible.



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