Has someone you love passed away? Read our example of obituary for a loved one. It will show you how to write a memorable obituary for the person who you lost.
You have likely never written an obituary or maybe never read one. That is why reading the example of obituary below is a good starting point. It will show you how to properly layout and word the obituary.
After you have read the two examples below you will be one step closer to writing the obituary. Next, it would be helpful to use an obituary template to collect the necessary information for the obituary. You may also want to consult one of our guides to writing an obituary, which provides additional ideas and advice on writing an obit. You will then have everything that you need to write a memorable obituary to the person you lost. Both of the example obituaries below are fictional.
EXAMPLE OF OBITUARY
EXAMPLE OBITUARY 1:
RACHEL MURRAY, 82
Rachel Robin Murray, 82, of Richmond, died at 9:00 AM, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at The Richmond Palliative Care Center in Richmond, Virginia. She was born January 2, 1930 in Petersburg, Virginia, to Dennis and Wanda Owen. She married Wayne Murray on June 29, 1950 and he survives.
Also surviving are her mother Wanda Owen of Lynchburg, two sons, Jack (Paula) Owen of Lynchburg, and Charles Murray of Portland; one granddaughter Catharine; one sister Rita (Frank) West of Vancouver; one brother Randy (Anna) Owen; three nephews, Kent, Josh and Greg Owen and several cousins.
Rachel’s father Dennis G. Murray and one son, Brandon Steve Murray preceded her in death.
Rachel was a long time resident of Richmond where she lived since leaving her childhood home in Petersburg at the age of 18. She graduated from Petersburg Secondary School in 1947 and was a science and math teacher at Richmond High School.
She loved to read and enjoyed card games and shopping with her friends. She also loved to volunteer and spent time every weekend helping at a local animal shelter.
The visitation is from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM on Friday, January 6, 2012 at the Harrison Family Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow the next day at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2012, also at the Harrison Family Funeral Home. Reverend Jack M. Webb will be officiating. The burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond City Animal Shelter at PO Box 322, 4229 South 10th Street, Petersburg, Virginia.
EXAMPLE OBITUARY 2:
STEVEN WATSON, 95
Steven Ronald Watson, 95, of Phoenix, passed away February 09, 2012 in Scottsdale, Nevada.
Visitation will be held at Brooks and Sons Funeral Home in Phoenix on February 12, 2012 at 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
Funeral service will be held at Brooks and Sons Funeral Home on February 13, 2012 at 11:00 am with Reverend Ken Bell of St. Andrew’s Church officiating. Burial will follow at Desert Hills Cemetery. Brooks and Sons Funeral Home are handling the funeral arrangements.
Steven was born in Phoenix to Arthur and Brenda Watson on February 15, 1917. He went to high school at Phoenix Palms High School and graduated in 1934. He went on to earn a degree in Business from Nevada State University. He worked as a VP of Marketing for a golf course for 40+ years. He was a member of the Shriner’s of Phoenix. He enjoyed football, baseball, collecting sports memorabilia, watching movies, and spending time with his family.
Steven is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Brenda; three brothers Gregory, Dennis and Douglas Watson; and a sister Nicole Collins.
Steven is survived by his sister Rose (Rob) Smith of Scottsdale; son Joshua (Irene) Watson; daughter Judith (Ken) Price; two grandchildren Christina Watson and Tammy Price; and newborn great-granddaughter Jane Watson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 4355, Washington, DC 55555. Condolences may be left in Steven’s online guestbook at www.yourtribute.com.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Scottsdale Hospice and Palliative Care Center for their support in his final days.
The two example of obituary above has put you one step closer to writing the obituary. Next, it would be helpful to use an obituary template to collect the necessary information or consult one of our guides to writing an obituary.
Updated: April 23, 2012