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Milford Carnell
B: 1928-02-26
D: 2018-08-13
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Carnell, Milford
Barbara Parker
B: 1929-03-10
D: 2018-08-13
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Parker, Barbara
Sammy D. Cooke
B: 1948-09-26
D: 2018-08-12
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Cooke, Sammy D.
Coranna Schragg
B: 1930-04-08
D: 2018-08-08
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Schragg, Coranna
Jason Miller
B: 1975-11-08
D: 2018-08-07
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Miller, Jason
J. Max Ruble
B: 1928-02-22
D: 2018-08-02
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Ruble, J. Max
Tracy Freeland
B: 1955-10-08
D: 2018-07-31
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Freeland, Tracy
LaVerne Moore
B: 1963-01-05
D: 2018-07-30
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Moore, LaVerne
Donald Ellard
B: 1935-05-19
D: 2018-07-27
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Ellard, Donald
Helen Wertman
B: 1926-01-28
D: 2018-07-25
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Wertman, Helen
Jo Anne Carroll
B: 1937-05-23
D: 2018-07-24
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Carroll, Jo Anne
Betty McKissen
B: 1933-04-18
D: 2018-07-24
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McKissen, Betty
Donald Geukes
B: 1940-07-24
D: 2018-07-21
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Geukes, Donald
Blanche Munjoy
B: 1932-07-11
D: 2018-07-17
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Munjoy, Blanche
John Frie
B: 1933-04-27
D: 2018-07-13
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Frie, John
William Whitaker
B: 1940-10-31
D: 2018-07-06
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Whitaker, William
Madeline Hermenitt
B: 1925-06-22
D: 2018-07-06
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Hermenitt, Madeline
Janet Herr
B: 1957-04-21
D: 2018-07-02
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Herr, Janet
Isla DeVries
B: 1930-03-14
D: 2018-06-28
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DeVries, Isla
John Thomas
B: 1942-04-29
D: 2018-06-27
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Thomas, John
Kathryn Nagel
B: 1934-12-16
D: 2018-06-26
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Nagel, Kathryn

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A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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