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James Courtney
B: 1958-02-08
D: 2019-10-17
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Courtney, James
Elizabeth Munroe
B: 1961-09-25
D: 2019-10-13
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Munroe, Elizabeth
Donald Buckler
B: 1949-05-16
D: 2019-10-11
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Buckler , Donald
Charles Farrell
B: 1930-11-15
D: 2019-10-10
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Farrell, Charles
John Re
B: 1953-10-08
D: 2019-10-06
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Re, John
Elizabeth Guy Wood
B: 1941-02-21
D: 2019-10-06
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Guy Wood, Elizabeth
Marykatherine Gonzalez-Kotz
B: 1956-06-16
D: 2019-10-04
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Gonzalez-Kotz, Marykatherine
Brenda Tippett
B: 1973-11-04
D: 2019-10-02
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Tippett, Brenda
Kassidee Boyce
B: 1997-11-24
D: 2019-10-01
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Boyce, Kassidee
Patricia Vallandingham
B: 1955-04-20
D: 2019-09-28
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Vallandingham, Patricia
Russell Mears, Jr.
B: 1940-08-16
D: 2019-09-28
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Mears, Jr., Russell
Raymond Wible
B: 1944-03-11
D: 2019-09-28
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Wible, Raymond
Charles Knott, Sr.
B: 1948-12-27
D: 2019-09-24
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Knott, Sr. , Charles
David Orwig
B: 1936-01-29
D: 2019-09-24
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Orwig, David
Judith Bowling
B: 1946-01-11
D: 2019-09-22
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Bowling, Judith
Zora White
B: 1930-01-04
D: 2019-09-19
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White, Zora
Mary Peacock
B: 1926-02-13
D: 2019-09-18
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Peacock, Mary
Kathy Cropps-Parker
B: 1949-05-05
D: 2019-09-18
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Cropps-Parker, Kathy
Robert Cooper
B: 1932-10-24
D: 2019-09-13
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Cooper, Robert
Douglas Owens, Sr.
B: 1972-07-24
D: 2019-09-10
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Owens, Sr. , Douglas
Linda Bean
B: 1951-11-17
D: 2019-09-06
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Bean, Linda

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41590 Fenwick Street
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Leonardtown, MD 20650
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(301) 475-8500 Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. and Crematory
41590 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Email: office@mgfh.com
(301) 475-8500 Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. and Crematory
41590 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Email: office@mgfh.com
(301) 475-8500 Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. and Crematory
41590 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Email: office@mgfh.com
(301) 475-8500 Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. and Crematory
41590 Fenwick Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Email: office@mgfh.com