How To Write An Obituary For A Mother

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How To Write An Obituary For A Mother

If your mother has recently passed away you will need to know how to write an obituary for a mother. Knowing what to say is important before you begin to write the obituary. There is a lot of information that is required and it is helpful to read through the samples below to see what is typically included in an obituary.

The two samples below are a good starting point and will help you towards producing a well-written obituary for your mother. Next, we recommend that you view our obituary templates. The template will take you step-by-step through the obituary writing process. If you need more help you can also consult one of our other obituary writing guides.



Betty Anette Gray, 97, of Flagstaff, passed away January 8, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Visitation will be held at Powell Family Funeral Home in Flagstaff on January 12, 2012 at 3:00 – 6:00 pm.

Funeral service will be held at Powell Family Funeral Home on January 13, 2012 at 11:00 am with Reverend James Cooper of St. David’s Church officiating. Burial will follow at Desert Valley Cemetery. Powell Family Funeral Home are handling the funeral arrangements.

Betty was born in Flagstaff to Simon and Janice Williams on January 15, 1915. She went to high school at Flagstaff High School and graduated in 1932. She went on to earn a degree in Commerce from Arizona State University. She owned and operated a spa and health club for 40+ years. She was a member of the Big Sisters of Flagstaff. She enjoyed movies, reading, board games and spending time with her family.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Janice; three brothers Larry, Peter and Patrick Williams; and a sister Elizabeth Collins.

Betty is survived by her sister Janice (Frank) Cox of Phoenix; son Josh (Katie) Gray; daughter Kelly (David) Price; two grandchildren Catharine Gray and Tamara Price; and newborn great-granddaughter Jenny Gray.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 9949, Washington, DC 00000. Condolences may be left in Betty’s online guestbook at

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Phoenix Hospice and Palliative Care Center for their support in his final days.



Vicki Davis, 80, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, formerly of Vancouver, BC, died peacefully in her sleep on April 19, 2012, at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Winnipeg. Born January 15, 1932 in Vancouver, BC, she is predeceased by her parents, Jack M. and June L. (Thomas) Williams of Vancouver, BC, and her late husband of 51 years, Arthur Davis of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Vicki was a homemaker living in Winnipeg and joined with her husband, Arthur, in the ownership and operation of the Winnipeg Lake Bed and Breakfast, in 1979. She loved the sun and travelled to Boca Raton, Florida every winter until a few years before her passing.

Survivors include her two daughters, Margo (Jack N.) Thomas of Winnipeg, and Sue (Mark H.) Scott of Kelowna, BC and granddaughter, Mandy Scott of Penticton, BC; grandson Bob Thomas of Winnipeg; and three nieces and four nephews’ as well as her pets: Buffy (dog), Miss Meows and Paws (cats).

Private services and burial were held at Valley View Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, Gladstone, Manitoba. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Church, 9566 West 16th Street, Winnipeg, MB or the Winnipeg City Hospice and Hospital Fund, 545 East 13th Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

Smith and Smith Funeral Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba handled all of the funeral arrangements.


The samples above will have shown you how to write an obituary for a mother. Next, we recommend that you view one of our obituary templates. The template will take you step-by-step through writing an obituary. If you need more help you can also consult one of our obituary writing guides.


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