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Julie Ferguson
B: 1957-09-16
D: 2017-08-20
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Ferguson, Julie
Dianna Gross
D: 2017-08-15
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Gross, Dianna
Doris Gilley
B: 1938-10-10
D: 2017-08-11
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Gilley, Doris
James Gibson
B: 1937-10-11
D: 2017-08-09
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Gibson, James
Jonathan Couch
B: 1968-12-07
D: 2017-08-02
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Couch, Jonathan
Shirl Johnson
B: 1963-07-24
D: 2017-08-01
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Johnson, Shirl
Carol Boldery
B: 1970-05-07
D: 2017-07-31
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Boldery, Carol
Ida Jones
B: 1950-11-12
D: 2017-07-16
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Jones, Ida
Ann Brameier
B: 1943-10-11
D: 2017-07-14
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Brameier, Ann
Dennis Gordon
B: 1945-06-15
D: 2017-07-12
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Gordon, Dennis
Betty Copeland
B: 1946-05-18
D: 2017-07-08
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Copeland, Betty
Charles Howley
B: 1934-03-26
D: 2017-07-02
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Howley, Charles
John Cable
B: 1948-06-13
D: 2017-07-01
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Cable, John
Edmond Rains
B: 1954-02-21
D: 2017-06-24
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Rains, Edmond
Rose Adams
B: 1950-10-21
D: 2017-06-19
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Adams, Rose
Elvis Kirby
B: 1976-06-30
D: 2017-06-19
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Kirby, Elvis
R. Watson Burgess
B: 1937-03-12
D: 2017-06-15
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Burgess, R. Watson
Kathy Martin
B: 1953-11-13
D: 2017-06-11
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Martin, Kathy
Joan Long
B: 1928-08-05
D: 2017-06-10
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Long, Joan
Ruby Hampton
B: 1926-08-24
D: 2017-06-09
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Hampton, Ruby
Mary Stoffer
B: 1921-09-14
D: 2017-06-05
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Stoffer, Mary

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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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