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Doris Morton
B: 1918-11-05
D: 2017-08-15
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Morton, Doris
William Zavatson
B: 1931-12-13
D: 2017-08-07
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Zavatson, William
Mark Terry
B: 1958-10-08
D: 2017-08-06
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Terry, Mark
Kelly Mciver
B: 1985-02-16
D: 2017-08-06
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Mciver, Kelly
Cathy DeLaRosa
B: 1948-10-25
D: 2017-08-04
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DeLaRosa, Cathy
Phillip Hambrick
B: 1944-11-16
D: 2017-08-02
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Hambrick, Phillip
Michael Innes
B: 1945-10-31
D: 2017-07-27
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Innes, Michael
Lenora Chaney
B: 1924-03-01
D: 2017-07-25
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Chaney, Lenora
Mae Johnson
B: 1942-07-03
D: 2017-07-21
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Johnson, Mae
Billie Emmons
B: 1922-03-02
D: 2017-07-15
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Emmons, Billie
Robbin Caldwell
B: 1961-08-11
D: 2017-07-14
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Caldwell, Robbin
Flora King
B: 1924-07-23
D: 2017-07-03
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King, Flora
Basil Gwinn
B: 1932-07-11
D: 2017-07-02
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Gwinn, Basil
John Dutton
B: 1927-02-18
D: 2017-06-26
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Dutton, John
Doris Ruebush
B: 1930-07-31
D: 2017-06-24
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Ruebush, Doris
Jerry Howard
B: 1927-10-09
D: 2017-06-24
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Howard, Jerry
Emmett Hall
B: 1957-01-14
D: 2017-06-11
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Hall, Emmett
Lena Ellison
B: 1932-04-11
D: 2017-06-07
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Ellison, Lena
Clarie Knapp
B: 1958-07-18
D: 2017-06-02
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Knapp, Clarie
Raymond Young
B: 1949-10-02
D: 2017-05-30
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Young, Raymond
Mary Simpson
B: 1952-10-28
D: 2017-05-30
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Simpson, Mary

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  • to hold your hand.
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  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
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  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
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