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James Aiken
D: 2017-06-22
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Aiken, James
Richard Davis
D: 2017-06-21
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Davis, Richard
Brad Wonnacott
B: 1953-09-12
D: 2017-06-19
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Wonnacott, Brad
Vera Moore
B: 1941-09-20
D: 2017-06-17
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Moore, Vera
Payson Goodwin
D: 2017-06-16
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Goodwin, Payson
Geniece Jensen
D: 2017-06-16
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Jensen, Geniece
Janice Lopach
B: 1944-07-12
D: 2017-06-14
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Lopach, Janice
Deborah Alteneder
B: 1994-08-24
D: 2017-06-13
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Alteneder, Deborah
Becky Eamon
B: 1955-10-22
D: 2017-06-12
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Eamon, Becky
Carol Coats
B: 1927-06-16
D: 2017-06-09
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Coats, Carol
Leo Dufresne
B: 1923-09-09
D: 2017-06-07
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Dufresne, Leo
Floyd Brady
B: 1935-02-13
D: 2017-06-06
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Brady, Floyd
Charles Salter
B: 1930-08-12
D: 2017-06-05
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Salter, Charles
Helen Bourlakas
B: 1929-09-22
D: 2017-06-04
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Bourlakas, Helen
Eugene Hemgren
B: 1940-02-11
D: 2017-06-02
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Hemgren, Eugene
Dolores Monismith
D: 2017-06-01
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Monismith, Dolores
Billy Lankford
B: 1924-10-18
D: 2017-06-01
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Lankford, Billy
Warren Herman
D: 2017-05-31
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Herman, Warren
Glen Reeves, Sr.
D: 2017-05-30
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Reeves, Sr., Glen
Kathleen Gray
D: 2017-05-28
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Gray, Kathleen
Melvin Rice
B: 1927-08-16
D: 2017-05-27
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Rice, Melvin

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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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