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How to Write an Obituary
obituaries follow a pattern as you will see below, but feel free to make
it personal and interesting to readers. As you are writing your obituary, refer to our sample obituary page for more examples and ideas.
This will list the date, location, and sometimes the cause of death. If
you do not want your cause of death listed please be certain to note this.
ALLCITY -- John A. Smith, died July 2, 1997, after a short illness.
This will tell a little about the person's life, their accomplishments,
education, honors, hobbies, etc.
Born August 4, 1936 in Taunton, MA he grew up and lived most of his working
life in Sherborn, MA. He moved to Allcity in August, 1995. In 1967, along
with his brother Calvin, he established a home mail order business baking
and shipping gourmet sugar cookies. The family enterprise took its name,
Hillhaven Oak Farms, Inc., from their Sherborn home of many years. Local
residents joined the frenzied family on the sugar cookie team every holiday
season as the house filled with shipping boxes and sugar cookie aroma
pervaded the neighborhood. Under the philosophy of "Build a little,
Bake a lot", the "Sugar Crispy" flourished and developed
a nationwide customer base of sugar cookie fans. The next generation of
Smiths has now taken over, but John's enthusiastic spirit continues.
This is basically a family tree. List your spouse,
children, grandchildren, in-laws, other close relatives you wish, and
Surviving are his son, John Smith, Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Allcity; daughter,
Janice Smith Thomas and husband, George; and five grandchildren, Joseph
Thomas, Matt Thomas, Lucy Thomas Medlin, Timothy Thomas and Tracey Thomas
Kelty, all of Sherborn. Survivor Information
This will give the time and location of any
viewings, memorial services, scatterings or inurnments; or any other gathering
you may choose.
The memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 10th at Allcity
Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Paul Jorday, officiating.
Scheduled Ceremonies and Gatherings of Remembrance
This will help ease the burden of phone calls
to the family. The firm can give the day, the time, directions, or any
other needed information for scheduled ceremonies and gatherings, or contribution
information to florists or friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Allcity, Inc., 123 Main Street, Anywhere,
USA 12345. Contributions or Flowers
Some families request that contributions be made to a meaningful organization
instead of sending flowers.
Arrangements are by Allcity Cremation Provider. Arrangements
A funeral was
held Wednesday in Edward L. Raisley Funeral Home in Prospect. Interment
was in Unionville Cemetery.
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