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Betty (Agee) Cromeans
B: 1919-03-23
D: 2018-01-16
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Cromeans, Betty (Agee)
Dorothy Pour
B: 1923-03-14
D: 2018-01-14
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Pour, Dorothy
Lela McCoy
B: 1929-10-20
D: 2018-01-12
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McCoy, Lela
Eddie Bond
B: 1948-07-24
D: 2018-01-12
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Bond, Eddie
Roy Austin
B: 1929-03-08
D: 2017-12-30
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Austin, Roy
Edna Henson
B: 1927-05-02
D: 2017-12-29
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Henson, Edna
Etta Leaverton
B: 1933-02-12
D: 2017-12-27
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Leaverton, Etta
Madaline "Maggie" Sutton
B: 1930-09-16
D: 2017-12-26
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Sutton, Madaline "Maggie"
Joyce Watson
B: 1952-03-08
D: 2017-12-24
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Watson, Joyce
Martha Fulmer
B: 1924-03-24
D: 2017-12-22
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Fulmer, Martha
Martha Cole
B: 1934-07-05
D: 2017-12-19
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Cole, Martha
Lula Hamm
B: 1944-01-12
D: 2017-12-18
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Hamm, Lula
Roy Fisher
B: 1929-10-12
D: 2017-12-09
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Fisher, Roy
Betty Fuller
B: 1931-05-22
D: 2017-12-09
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Fuller, Betty
Gwendolyn Black
B: 1931-01-05
D: 2017-12-08
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Black, Gwendolyn
David Nelson
B: 1941-08-11
D: 2017-12-07
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Nelson, David
Michael Hurd
B: 1962-05-26
D: 2017-12-03
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Hurd, Michael
Heinz Linnemann
B: 1954-03-06
D: 2017-12-02
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Linnemann, Heinz
Thurman Vest
B: 1928-03-08
D: 2017-11-21
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Vest, Thurman
Esta Ledlow
B: 1922-06-10
D: 2017-11-20
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Ledlow, Esta
James Speakman
B: 1955-02-10
D: 2017-11-18
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Speakman, James

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Etta Leaverton
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Etta Jane 'Jeanne' Leaverton
1933 - 2017
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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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