Are you in the unfortunate position of having to write an obituary? Reading obituaries example wording make writing an obit easier and less stressful. By reading the example obituaries below you will get a feel for how an obituary is phrased, the layout and what details are important to include.
After reading the obituaries example 1 and 2 you will have a good idea of what to write. Next, you will need to collect the information to include in the obit. You may know most of the information yourself, but will likely need to talk to other family members and friends. Using an obituary template is helpful when collecting the information and for structuring the obituary. If you need more advice on how to write the obituary and what to include or exclude, read our articles on obituary writing.
OBITUARIES EXAMPLE WORDING
OBITUARY EXAMPLE 1:
PHYLLIS COLEMAN, 82
Phyllis Joan Coleman, age 82 of Roswell, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2012. She was born to the late Herman Coleman and Annette Smith Coleman on January 5, 1930.
Phyllis attended Albuquerque Elementary School and Roswell High School, before attending the University of New Mexico, where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She was an active member in the community and volunteered at a local animal shelter for more than 30 years. She also served on the fundraising committee for the Breast Cancer Foundation for many years. She was also a member of St. Anthony’s United Church.
Family and friends were Phyllis’s passion and joy. She grew up spending summers and vacations with her brother, Simon, and her two cousins, Susan and Amanda. She loved to cook and entertain and frequently had dinner parties at her house. For several years, Phyllis would visit the Dominican Republic in the winter. She enjoyed her time in the Dominican Republic and made many lifelong friends there.
Phyllis was a member of the Albuquerque Riding Club, the Waverley Golf Club in the Dominican Republic, as well as the Masters Golf Course in New Mexico. She loved to golf and horse back ride. She was very active and loved being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Phyllis is survived by her brother, Simon J. Coleman, and her two cousins who were like sisters to her, Susan L. (Jack) Jones and Amanda N. (Keith) Kent. She also leaves behind a lot of loving friends and relatives.
Phyllis requested a private funeral with her immediate family. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her over the last six months. Donations may be made to the New Mexico Palliative Care Center, 433 South 14th Street, Roswell, New Mexico 77777, or St. Anthony’s United Church, 6642 North 12th Street, Roswell, New Mexico 99999.
Arrangements were provided by Butler and Griffin Funeral Home.
OBITUARY EXAMPLE 2:
ANDREW HILL, 73
Andrew James Hill passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the age of 73.
Andrew is predeceased by his parents, William and Amanda Hill, and his brother, Larry Hill.
Andrew is survived by his loving wife Cathy of 38 years. They were married in Hawaii on July 25, 1976.
Andrew is lovingly remembered by his wife Cathy of Los Angeles; brother Mark (Trina) Hill of Los Angeles; sister Katie (Jack) Harris; sons William and Jackson Hill; and loving nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Andrew was born in Sacramento, California in 1939. He graduated from Sacramento District 17 High School in 1956 and went on to earn a Degree in Education from California University in 1963. He worked as a High School Principal for District 19 in Los Angeles.
Andrew enjoyed reading, writing, as well as movies, watching baseball and spending time with his family.
The visitation will be held at Taylor and Sons Funeral Home, 593 North 17th Street, Los Angeles, California on April 8, 2012 at 11:30 am. Prayers will be offered from St. David’s United Church, 995 West 18th Street, Los Angeles, California on April 8 at 3:00 pm.
The funeral service will be held at Taylor and Sons Funeral Home on April 9, 2012 at 11:00 am with Rev. Michael Hall officiating. Interment to follow at City Gardens Cemetery, 9932 Tree Lined Lane, Los Angeles, California at 3:00 pm. A wake will take place at Jane Smith’s House on April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 5553 East 15th Street, Washington, DC 00000. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.yourtribute.com.
Now that you have read obituaries example 1 and 2 and understand how an obituary is written it is time to write the obit. If you download an obituary template and read an obituary writing article, you will have all of the tools you need to write a touching obituary.
Updated: May 10, 2012