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Felix Martinez
B: 1938-03-01
D: 2018-04-19
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Martinez, Felix
Lila Drees
B: 1950-07-08
D: 2018-04-10
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Drees, Lila
Maria del Carmen Mata
B: 1968-07-07
D: 2018-04-03
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del Carmen Mata, Maria
Richard McClatchy
B: 1953-12-11
D: 2018-03-30
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McClatchy, Richard
John Oberg
B: 1948-04-20
D: 2018-03-29
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Oberg, John
Jennifer Cooley
B: 1976-11-28
D: 2018-03-22
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Cooley, Jennifer
Evelyn Thoes
B: 1933-01-09
D: 2018-03-19
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Thoes, Evelyn
Alvin Ledbetter
B: 1930-02-22
D: 2018-03-19
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Ledbetter, Alvin
Eunice Holcomb
B: 1933-12-08
D: 2018-03-09
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Holcomb, Eunice
Barbara Green
B: 1948-09-11
D: 2018-03-06
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Green, Barbara
Martha McTaggart
B: 1925-05-14
D: 2018-02-27
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McTaggart, Martha
Susan Woodruff
B: 1952-06-26
D: 2018-02-22
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Woodruff, Susan
Robert Cook
B: 1925-12-05
D: 2018-02-16
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Cook, Robert
Sandra Tustison
B: 1957-09-07
D: 2018-02-16
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Tustison, Sandra
Wanda Marshall
B: 1931-09-15
D: 2018-02-15
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Marshall, Wanda
Joyce Henshaw
B: 1947-02-16
D: 2018-02-12
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Henshaw, Joyce
Lelia Garner
B: 1921-08-28
D: 2018-02-09
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Garner, Lelia
Judson Owen
B: 1938-10-03
D: 2018-02-09
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Owen, Judson
Florence Rogers
B: 1941-06-23
D: 2018-02-08
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Rogers, Florence
Steven Buie
B: 1949-01-14
D: 2018-02-07
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Buie, Steven
Doris Garcia
B: 1955-08-21
D: 2018-01-29
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Garcia, Doris

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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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