Obituaries

Carol Williamson
B: 1961-05-20
D: 2017-04-09
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Williamson, Carol
Marlene Livingston
B: 1936-05-08
D: 2017-04-08
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Livingston, Marlene
Barbara Yao
B: 1964-08-01
D: 2017-03-31
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Yao, Barbara
Jospehsanee Bearclawyuyutsu
B: 1992-11-22
D: 2017-03-27
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Bearclawyuyutsu, Jospehsanee
John Howe
B: 1933-08-21
D: 2017-03-21
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Howe, John
Juana Castro
B: 1959-05-15
D: 2017-03-19
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Castro, Juana
Margaret Worden
B: 1923-08-07
D: 2017-03-17
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Worden, Margaret
Haehie Chang
B: 1940-08-03
D: 2017-03-11
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Chang, Haehie
Buford Maxwell
B: 1934-10-24
D: 2017-03-11
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Maxwell, Buford
Carleton Johnston
B: 1943-09-14
D: 2017-03-08
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Johnston, Carleton
Drew Hughes
B: 1997-02-07
D: 2017-02-26
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Hughes, Drew
Asia Parrish
B: 2017-01-10
D: 2017-02-26
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Parrish, Asia
James Walden
B: 1995-05-06
D: 2017-02-24
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Walden, James
Curie Thomas
B: 1970-07-22
D: 2017-02-20
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Thomas, Curie
Justin Coe
B: 2005-01-07
D: 2017-02-15
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Coe, Justin
Oscar Moreno
B: 1955-10-03
D: 2017-02-12
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Moreno, Oscar
Elizabeth Daoust
B: 1924-07-24
D: 2017-02-11
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Daoust, Elizabeth
Mariam Bailey
B: 1978-10-23
D: 2017-02-08
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Bailey, Mariam
Brian Miller
B: 1951-03-20
D: 2017-02-08
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Miller, Brian
Audrey Carpenter
B: 1932-06-22
D: 2017-02-05
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Carpenter, Audrey
Mabel Lowe
B: 1923-08-10
D: 2017-02-02
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Lowe, Mabel

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Unlike a traditional funeral, a memorial service is a gathering where a casket is not present (although the urn with the cremated remains may be on display). A memorial service can be held weeks or even months after the death.

A memorial service can be held in a church, the funeral home or a community hall, or somewhere of importance to the deceased and family. There is usually music, selected readings, and a eulogy. Memorial services can be further personalized as a celebration-of-life.

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Our experience has shown us that many of today's families want more than a traditional funeral. This can be done by bringing more of the personality and lifestyle of the deceased into the arrangements. By displaying photographs or staging the event around a favorite pastime, a memorial service can become more personal and meaningful.

If a personalized memorial service suits the needs of your family, we suggest you consider the following questions:

  • What did your loved one like to do?
  • What was he or she like as an individual?
  • What was their profession and how did that shape their life?
  • Was your loved one spiritual?
  • Was he or she proud of their cultural or ethnic heritage? 

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