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Bonnie Page
B: 1925-12-12
D: 2018-12-11
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Page, Bonnie
Gwendolyn Green
B: 1939-09-18
D: 2018-12-08
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Green, Gwendolyn
Petra Cabrera
B: 1933-06-29
D: 2018-11-20
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Cabrera, Petra
Philip King
B: 1959-12-27
D: 2018-11-20
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King, Philip
Randy Shelton
B: 1962-12-31
D: 2018-11-17
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Shelton, Randy
Johnny Mattingly
B: 1945-12-24
D: 2018-11-15
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Mattingly, Johnny
Dewey Dyer
B: 1917-07-13
D: 2018-11-15
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Dyer, Dewey
Elton Ford
B: 1957-01-29
D: 2018-11-07
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Ford, Elton
Kenneth Hayes
B: 1958-08-09
D: 2018-11-06
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Hayes, Kenneth
Mary Allen
B: 1927-03-03
D: 2018-10-27
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Allen, Mary
Beverly Beck
B: 1938-08-17
D: 2018-10-22
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Beck, Beverly
Jose Gonzalez
B: 1948-07-15
D: 2018-10-20
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Gonzalez, Jose
Joe Parolini
B: 1951-07-14
D: 2018-10-17
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Parolini, Joe
Millie Johnson
B: 1927-01-21
D: 2018-10-07
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Johnson, Millie
Charles Price
B: 1945-07-03
D: 2018-10-01
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Price, Charles
Michael Jenkins
B: 1953-11-20
D: 2018-09-30
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Jenkins, Michael
Billie Turner
B: 1975-05-20
D: 2018-09-25
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Turner, Billie
Evelyn Futch
B: 1926-03-19
D: 2018-09-20
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Futch, Evelyn
Billy Boyce
B: 1979-11-05
D: 2018-09-11
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Boyce, Billy
Timothy Gilbert
B: 1967-10-24
D: 2018-09-05
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Gilbert, Timothy
Linda Odom
B: 1954-09-10
D: 2018-08-25
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Odom, Linda

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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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