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Howard Jacobs
B: 1927-12-23
D: 2017-12-05
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Jacobs, Howard
Agnes Strayer
B: 1919-11-17
D: 2017-12-01
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Strayer, Agnes
Bertha Young
B: 1946-01-18
D: 2017-11-25
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Young, Bertha
Stephen Joseph
B: 1954-09-04
D: 2017-11-12
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Joseph, Stephen
Marcelline Greggs
B: 1937-02-20
D: 2017-11-09
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Greggs, Marcelline
Francis Beverina
B: 1936-01-01
D: 2017-11-04
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Beverina, Francis
Norman Grow
B: 1926-03-22
D: 2017-10-29
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Grow, Norman
Lillie Hall
B: 2014-06-06
D: 2017-10-20
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Hall, Lillie
Brian Plotner
B: 1971-04-14
D: 2017-10-18
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Plotner, Brian
Scott Williams
B: 1966-11-29
D: 2017-10-17
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Williams, Scott
Margaret Cross
B: 1944-10-15
D: 2017-10-03
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Cross, Margaret
Dwane Ali Sparks
B: 2005-06-12
D: 2017-09-30
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Sparks, Dwane Ali
Gloria Cottoms
B: 1950-10-30
D: 2017-09-29
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Cottoms, Gloria
Laura Theado
B: 1936-01-03
D: 2017-09-24
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Theado, Laura
Thomas Evans
B: 1949-09-18
D: 2017-09-21
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Evans, Thomas
Richard Rice
B: 1959-08-17
D: 2017-09-18
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Rice, Richard
Haywood Gibson
B: 1921-02-07
D: 2017-09-15
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Gibson, Haywood
James Villalobos
B: 1924-09-04
D: 2017-09-14
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Villalobos, James
Dwight Mottet
B: 1935-04-03
D: 2017-08-27
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Mottet, Dwight
Felicity Adriani
B: 2017-08-24
D: 2017-08-24
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Adriani, Felicity
Macey Orndorff
B: 2017-08-22
D: 2017-08-23
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Orndorff, Macey

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  • 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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