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Cedric Baker
B: 1926-11-13
D: 2017-12-11
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Baker, Cedric
Gerald Dodd
B: 1931-12-12
D: 2017-12-09
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Dodd, Gerald
Phyllis Aldene Glasser
B: 1931-12-05
D: 2017-12-07
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Glasser, Phyllis Aldene
Mildred Ralphs
B: 1917-07-18
D: 2017-12-07
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Ralphs, Mildred
Roy Anderson
B: 1924-05-12
D: 2017-12-06
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Anderson, Roy
Chris Parr
B: 1953-04-06
D: 2017-12-05
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Parr, Chris
Shizue Watson
B: 1935-10-06
D: 2017-11-30
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Watson, Shizue
Susan Robinson
B: 1952-11-20
D: 2017-11-30
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Robinson, Susan
William Miller
B: 1943-01-17
D: 2017-11-29
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Miller, William
Isaiah Moon
B: 1997-10-13
D: 2017-11-27
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Moon, Isaiah
Thoe Wilson
B: 1910-03-25
D: 2017-11-26
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Wilson, Thoe
Marvin Okanes
B: 1922-04-04
D: 2017-11-22
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Okanes, Marvin
Margaret Schoch
B: 1926-10-05
D: 2017-11-22
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Schoch, Margaret
Carol Copenhagen
B: 1954-06-26
D: 2017-11-21
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Copenhagen, Carol
Martha Boyle
B: 1933-07-13
D: 2017-11-20
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Boyle, Martha
Pamela Meltzer
B: 1949-07-08
D: 2017-11-18
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Meltzer, Pamela
Doris Tucker
B: 1926-10-14
D: 2017-11-16
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Tucker, Doris
Muriel Stashyn
B: 1934-05-19
D: 2017-11-14
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Stashyn, Muriel
Lori Hardarce
B: 1959-10-13
D: 2017-11-14
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Hardarce, Lori
Cydney Hammett
B: 1940-04-19
D: 2017-11-11
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Hammett, Cydney
Joyce Kearney
B: 1932-11-11
D: 2017-11-10
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Kearney, Joyce

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  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
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  • 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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