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Johnson Wood
B: 1944-11-10
D: 2017-10-16
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Wood, Johnson
Vincent Quade
B: 1964-06-17
D: 2017-10-15
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Quade, Vincent
James Graves
B: 1938-09-10
D: 2017-10-14
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Graves, James
Mary Tippett
B: 1921-12-22
D: 2017-10-09
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Tippett, Mary
Brian Harding
B: 1974-03-23
D: 2017-10-08
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Harding, Brian
Lynn Rhoads
B: 1935-12-05
D: 2017-10-06
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Rhoads, Lynn
Andrew Cather
B: 1960-06-25
D: 2017-10-06
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Cather, Andrew
Denise Thompson
B: 1951-07-18
D: 2017-10-04
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Thompson , Denise
Terry Nelson
B: 1956-04-09
D: 2017-10-02
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Nelson , Terry
Elmer Spalding, Sr.
B: 1931-06-22
D: 2017-10-01
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Spalding, Sr. , Elmer
Judith Goddard
B: 1954-03-11
D: 2017-10-01
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Goddard, Judith
Benjamin Moore
B: 1988-08-21
D: 2017-09-29
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Moore, Benjamin
Joseph Gardner, Sr.
B: 1930-03-15
D: 2017-09-26
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Gardner, Sr. , Joseph
Charles Long
B: 1932-08-28
D: 2017-09-22
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Long, Charles
Susan Hall
B: 1923-10-06
D: 2017-09-20
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Hall, Susan
Stella Vones
B: 1923-08-27
D: 2017-09-20
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Vones, Stella
Terry Clarke
B: 1963-06-11
D: 2017-09-19
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Clarke, Terry
Jean Laxsus
B: 1946-08-14
D: 2017-09-19
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Laxsus, Jean
Ruby Goddard
B: 1912-05-10
D: 2017-09-18
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Goddard, Ruby
James Bean
B: 1953-12-18
D: 2017-09-17
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Bean, James
Darlene Morris
B: 1950-07-17
D: 2017-09-16
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Morris, Darlene

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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
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  • 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.
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  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
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  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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