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David Shellington
B: 1939-03-07
D: 2017-11-18
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Shellington, David
Betty Wingrove
B: 1933-03-10
D: 2017-11-16
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Wingrove, Betty
Maxine Sandell
B: 1953-03-25
D: 2017-11-12
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Sandell, Maxine
Donna Pizzey
B: 1947-10-09
D: 2017-11-12
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Pizzey, Donna
Edward Chosen
B: 1937-05-30
D: 2017-10-30
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Chosen, Edward
Mary Maguire
B: 1929-08-21
D: 2017-10-23
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Maguire, Mary
Ada Rowe-Goossens
B: 1943-10-01
D: 2017-10-17
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Rowe-Goossens, Ada
Donald Ovington
B: 1949-07-17
D: 2017-10-14
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Ovington, Donald
William Palanio
B: 1937-03-02
D: 2017-10-11
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Palanio, William
Paul Bowman
B: 1966-03-31
D: 2017-10-09
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Bowman, Paul
Laura Hardie
B: 1920-12-27
D: 2017-10-06
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Hardie, Laura
Matthew VanDeWalle
B: 1973-04-23
D: 2017-09-30
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VanDeWalle, Matthew
Christina Dumouchel
B: 1954-02-07
D: 2017-09-17
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Dumouchel, Christina
Shannon Smith
B: 1977-08-23
D: 2017-09-16
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Smith, Shannon
Randy Smith
B: 1958-07-22
D: 2017-08-26
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Smith, Randy
Hazel Williams
B: 1928-09-09
D: 2017-08-19
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Williams, Hazel
Ronald Milne
B: 1928-04-20
D: 2017-08-06
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Milne, Ronald
Suzann Thompson
B: 1939-02-01
D: 2017-07-31
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Thompson, Suzann
Michael Beven
B: 1956-11-03
D: 2017-07-27
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Beven, Michael
Luis Macedo
B: 1932-10-03
D: 2017-07-21
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Macedo, Luis
Madalene Mitchener
B: 1939-11-02
D: 2017-07-18
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Mitchener, Madalene

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  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
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  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
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  • 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.
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  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

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