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Robert Smitherman
B: 1938-11-21
D: 2019-06-17
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Smitherman, Robert
Joanne Vaughn
B: 1952-02-11
D: 2019-06-16
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Vaughn, Joanne
Kenneth "Ken" Wondergem
B: 1948-08-01
D: 2019-06-13
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Wondergem, Kenneth "Ken"
Mary Allman
B: 1948-07-08
D: 2019-06-11
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Allman, Mary
Stephen Rayfield
B: 1957-01-31
D: 2019-06-10
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Rayfield, Stephen
Mary Anna Cline
B: 1928-06-18
D: 2019-06-08
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Cline, Mary Anna
Sue Davis
B: 1933-05-22
D: 2019-06-05
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Davis, Sue
Linda "Helen" Knapp
B: 1948-01-30
D: 2019-06-05
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Knapp, Linda "Helen"
Dorothy Scocca
B: 1941-03-01
D: 2019-06-05
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Scocca, Dorothy
Kathryn Ambrosini
B: 1921-05-07
D: 2019-06-03
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Ambrosini, Kathryn
Penny Bost
B: 1962-02-23
D: 2019-06-03
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Bost, Penny
Jackie "Jack" Harrison
B: 1944-08-15
D: 2019-06-02
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Harrison, Jackie "Jack"
Richard Parrish
B: 1962-06-19
D: 2019-05-30
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Parrish, Richard
Helen Wilkinson
B: 1945-07-07
D: 2019-05-29
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Wilkinson, Helen
Evelyn Allman
B: 1927-01-22
D: 2019-05-26
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Allman, Evelyn
Brenda Turner
B: 1944-09-30
D: 2019-05-25
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Turner, Brenda
Brandi Mantooth
B: 1980-11-20
D: 2019-05-25
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Mantooth , Brandi
Janet Hagler
D: 2019-05-23
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Hagler, Janet
Nancy Craig
B: 1934-06-17
D: 2019-05-19
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Craig, Nancy
Charles Mills
B: 1949-06-06
D: 2019-05-19
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Mills, Charles
David Gould
B: 1932-05-24
D: 2019-05-13
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Gould, David

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Tip #1: Be sincere. It's important to mean what you say, on the deepest emotional level. Yes, we know, "saying what you mean" can be harder - that's why we're here.

Tip #2: Keep it simple. You don't need to say much more than "I'm sorry for you loss," yet it's always wonderful to share a personal memory of their loved one, if you have one.

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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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