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Karen Sandage Stewart
B: 1952-07-29
D: 2017-05-16
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Sandage Stewart, Karen
Howard Hurley
B: 1936-10-01
D: 2017-05-11
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Hurley, Howard
Doraelia Ledesma
B: 1989-09-17
D: 2017-05-10
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Ledesma, Doraelia
Janice Durfee
B: 1931-04-13
D: 2017-05-09
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Durfee, Janice
Gabriela Venero
B: 1928-06-06
D: 2017-05-07
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Venero, Gabriela
Pricie Dillingham
B: 1939-05-11
D: 2017-05-07
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Dillingham, Pricie
Alfred Sikes
B: 1926-10-13
D: 2017-05-05
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Sikes, Alfred
Beverly Jaudon
B: 1928-05-14
D: 2017-05-03
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Jaudon, Beverly
Elsie Abrams
B: 1934-12-18
D: 2017-05-03
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Abrams, Elsie
Carolyn Knott
B: 1929-07-22
D: 2017-05-02
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Knott, Carolyn
Robert Miller
B: 1936-06-03
D: 2017-05-02
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Miller, Robert
Jane Byerley
B: 1947-03-07
D: 2017-05-01
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Byerley, Jane
Jan Lucas
B: 1975-07-12
D: 2017-05-01
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Lucas, Jan
Hansford Evans
B: 1943-05-07
D: 2017-04-26
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Evans, Hansford
Nell Glass
B: 1930-04-24
D: 2017-04-24
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Glass, Nell
Joseph Giglia
B: 1938-11-04
D: 2017-04-23
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Giglia, Joseph
Lois Spradlin
B: 1920-02-03
D: 2017-04-20
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Spradlin, Lois
Kaaren Mullins
B: 1946-10-31
D: 2017-04-19
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Mullins, Kaaren
Anita Kloppenburg
B: 1930-04-18
D: 2017-04-16
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Kloppenburg, Anita
Patrick Moran
B: 1980-11-05
D: 2017-04-14
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Moran, Patrick
Dennis Stevens
B: 1942-03-06
D: 2017-04-12
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Stevens, Dennis

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  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
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  • 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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