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Alvin Ingalls
B: 1927-04-02
D: 2018-04-21
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Ingalls, Alvin
Marilyn Scribner
B: 1936-04-16
D: 2018-04-18
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Scribner, Marilyn
Janet Moll
B: 1938-03-02
D: 2018-04-18
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Moll, Janet
Blaine Atwood
B: 1929-04-10
D: 2018-04-18
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Atwood, Blaine
Shirley Basque
B: 1936-04-05
D: 2018-04-17
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Basque, Shirley
B. Dennis Payson, Jr.
B: 1957-09-14
D: 2018-04-16
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Payson, Jr., B. Dennis
Julia McCarthy
B: 1932-04-21
D: 2018-04-16
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McCarthy, Julia
Alice Goodin
B: 1929-02-21
D: 2018-04-15
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Goodin, Alice
James Sturgeon
B: 1950-05-18
D: 2018-04-14
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Sturgeon, James
Eleanor M. Seavey
B: 1941-03-11
D: 2018-04-14
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Seavey, Eleanor M.
William Harper
B: 1932-05-18
D: 2018-04-14
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Harper, William
Evangeline Burnett
B: 1929-04-23
D: 2018-04-13
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Burnett, Evangeline
David W. Dow
B: 1963-08-23
D: 2018-04-13
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Dow, David W.
Edmond Matthew Paschal
B: 1938-08-29
D: 2018-04-12
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Paschal, Edmond Matthew
Chrystal Hale
B: 1958-01-16
D: 2018-04-11
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Hale, Chrystal
Stephen Skratt
D: 2018-04-11
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Skratt, Stephen
Stewart Parker
B: 1942-11-02
D: 2018-04-08
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Parker, Stewart
Marcia Kline
B: 1945-07-26
D: 2018-04-08
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Kline, Marcia
Sandra J. Whittington
B: 1939-10-03
D: 2018-04-07
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Whittington, Sandra J.
Merton C. "Mert" Wright
B: 1942-05-07
D: 2018-04-07
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Wright, Merton C. "Mert"
Philip Robertson
B: 1937-05-28
D: 2018-04-05
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Robertson, Philip

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  • 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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