Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Granite is not a forgiving medium.(Final)

Byline: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

Tombstone cutter must like detail


Shawn J. Rector, 32, has his work cut out for him, especially with Memorial Day just days away. He engraves headstones at Worthen Memorials Inc. in Albuquerque. Most weeks he produces 15 headstones, but he's now making 20. Some people wait until the last minute to order headstones in hopes of having them by Memorial Day.

Rector has worked at Worthen for about four years and says he was "skeptical" about taking the job. When people find out what he does for a living, they say, "Wow, you make headstones? That's really creepy or demented."

"But once I started working over here," Rector says, "it's great because I got to see the whole process from beginning to end. …

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