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Betty Curling
B: 1930-04-09
D: 2018-02-22
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Curling, Betty
Larry Pilkington
B: 1965-02-25
D: 2018-02-21
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Pilkington, Larry
James Johnson
B: 1922-07-20
D: 2018-02-23
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Johnson, James
Gary Ward
B: 1953-01-29
D: 2018-02-19
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Ward, Gary
Rob Buttrum
B: 1960-08-19
D: 2018-02-21
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Buttrum, Rob
Jacob Scott, USN (Ret)
B: 1931-06-15
D: 2018-02-17
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Scott, USN (Ret), Jacob
Kenneth Hobbs
B: 1941-07-06
D: 2018-02-14
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Hobbs, Kenneth
Andrew Denbow
B: 1994-10-23
D: 2018-02-03
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Denbow, Andrew
Nan Nugent
B: 1929-12-07
D: 2018-02-13
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Nugent, Nan
William Medhurst
B: 1947-10-31
D: 2018-02-12
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Medhurst, William
Patricia Brown
B: 1945-07-26
D: 2018-02-08
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Brown, Patricia
Jill Gray
B: 1965-07-08
D: 2018-02-10
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Gray, Jill
Lucille Roebuck
B: 1926-12-31
D: 2018-02-06
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Roebuck, Lucille
Robert Hoggard
B: 1930-04-06
D: 2018-02-07
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Hoggard, Robert
Judith Kitts
B: 1941-02-08
D: 2018-02-05
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Kitts, Judith
Evelyn Davis
B: 1931-09-23
D: 2018-02-05
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Davis, Evelyn
Joyce Cribb
B: 1942-10-01
D: 2018-02-02
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Cribb, Joyce
Corbitt Lawrence
B: 1933-01-22
D: 2018-02-01
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Lawrence, Corbitt
Anita Hanson
B: 1955-04-17
D: 2018-02-01
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Hanson, Anita
Earl "Dink" May
B: 1929-07-14
D: 2018-01-25
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May, Earl "Dink"
Irene Lewis
B: 1955-12-25
D: 2018-01-30
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Lewis, Irene

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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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