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Bonnie Kern
D: 2017-04-22
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Kern, Bonnie
Marion Austin
D: 2017-04-21
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Austin, Marion
Jackson Forrester
D: 2017-04-19
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Forrester, Jackson
Lillian Jackson
B: 1931-01-18
D: 2017-04-18
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Jackson, Lillian
Audeliz Mendez
B: 1937-04-04
D: 2017-04-18
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Mendez, Audeliz
Alberta Elliott
B: 1929-04-30
D: 2017-04-18
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Elliott, Alberta
Gloria Lawson
D: 2017-04-18
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Lawson, Gloria
Julius Lomax
D: 2017-04-18
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Lomax, Julius
Tracye Carey
B: 1959-10-03
D: 2017-04-16
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Carey, Tracye
Joann Hoffman
B: 1970-09-27
D: 2017-04-16
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Hoffman, Joann
Arthur Washington
B: 1931-10-20
D: 2017-04-15
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Washington, Arthur
James Pinkard
B: 1946-02-28
D: 2017-04-15
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Pinkard, James
James Pinkard
B: 1946-02-28
D: 2017-04-15
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Pinkard , James
Sherwood Bennett
B: 1921-05-26
D: 2017-04-15
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Bennett, Sherwood
Martin Berster
D: 2017-04-14
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Berster, Martin
Robert Miller
D: 2017-04-14
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Miller, Robert
Patricia Gray
B: 1935-06-11
D: 2017-04-14
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Gray, Patricia
Margaret Gengenbach
D: 2017-04-13
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Gengenbach, Margaret
Charles Green
B: 1943-01-22
D: 2017-04-12
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Green, Charles
Henrietta Cook
B: 1931-09-01
D: 2017-04-12
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Cook, Henrietta
Henrietta Cook
B: 1931-09-01
D: 2017-04-12
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Cook, Henrietta

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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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