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C. Cloud
B: 1926-06-23
D: 2018-01-20
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Cloud, C.
Charlotte Mosby
B: 1948-08-14
D: 2018-01-19
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Mosby, Charlotte
Cathy Stanley
B: 1954-12-14
D: 2018-01-18
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Stanley, Cathy
Nancy Guyer-Cook
B: 1942-03-28
D: 2018-01-18
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Guyer-Cook , Nancy
Richard Greenfield
B: 1951-06-21
D: 2018-01-18
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Greenfield, Richard
Robert Bowers
B: 1949-12-23
D: 2018-01-18
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Bowers, Robert
Rachel Myers
B: 1987-12-13
D: 2018-01-18
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Myers, Rachel
James Dehaven
B: 1946-08-10
D: 2018-01-17
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Dehaven, James
Stephen Vandevander
B: 1942-12-19
D: 2018-01-16
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Vandevander, Stephen
Albert Henry
B: 1930-11-11
D: 2018-01-16
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Henry, Albert
John Morgan
B: 1930-04-05
D: 2018-01-16
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Morgan, John
Ethel Potter
B: 1952-11-07
D: 2018-01-14
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Potter, Ethel
Helen Keisecome
B: 1921-02-04
D: 2018-01-14
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Keisecome, Helen
Dorothy Hill
B: 1947-01-22
D: 2018-01-13
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Hill, Dorothy
Peggy Brenner
B: 1929-03-24
D: 2018-01-13
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Brenner, Peggy
Joyce Ludwick
B: 1950-05-26
D: 2018-01-13
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Ludwick , Joyce
Terry Adams
B: 1948-03-17
D: 2018-01-12
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Adams, Terry
Suzanne Miller
B: 1940-11-13
D: 2018-01-12
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Miller, Suzanne
Raymond Ripple
B: 1939-01-17
D: 2018-01-09
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Ripple, Raymond
Shelley Stull
B: 1954-09-02
D: 2018-01-09
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Stull, Shelley
Alberta Zombro
B: 1962-05-31
D: 2018-01-08
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Zombro, Alberta

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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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