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Anna Allen
B: 1934-08-09
D: 2017-11-19
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Allen, Anna
Robert Jones
B: 1937-10-16
D: 2017-11-18
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Jones, Robert
Carl Hughey
B: 1936-02-24
D: 2017-11-17
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Hughey, Carl
Lula Grimes
B: 1941-03-17
D: 2017-11-10
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Grimes, Lula
Shirley Hackler
B: 1937-09-10
D: 2017-11-02
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Hackler, Shirley
Robert Dunn
B: 1963-11-16
D: 2017-10-31
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Dunn, Robert
Bette Bracy
B: 1925-10-12
D: 2017-10-24
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Bracy, Bette
James Parsons
B: 1955-07-31
D: 2017-10-23
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Parsons, James
John VanDenOever
B: 1948-08-21
D: 2017-10-20
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VanDenOever, John
Robert Jeffery
B: 1947-03-07
D: 2017-10-14
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Jeffery, Robert
Betty Beutler
B: 1922-09-02
D: 2017-10-12
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Beutler, Betty
Sandra Conklin
B: 1944-01-03
D: 2017-10-05
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Conklin, Sandra
Donna Cox
B: 1945-10-09
D: 2017-10-04
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Cox, Donna
Terry Wolford
B: 1948-05-15
D: 2017-10-01
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Wolford, Terry
Ericia McLiechey
B: 1974-09-27
D: 2017-09-28
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McLiechey, Ericia
Marjorie Ward
B: 1928-08-13
D: 2017-09-15
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Ward, Marjorie
Martha Bell
B: 1954-04-20
D: 2017-09-08
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Bell, Martha
Michael Wenzler
B: 1954-12-29
D: 2017-09-07
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Wenzler, Michael
Jennifer Corby
B: 1987-07-18
D: 2017-09-04
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Corby, Jennifer
Ralph "Bud" Huffman
B: 1922-11-29
D: 2017-09-03
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Huffman, Ralph "Bud"
Taylor Boice
B: 1990-11-16
D: 2017-08-21
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Boice, Taylor

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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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