Obituaries Sample Wording

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Obituaries SampleWhen writing obituaries, sample wording is helpful for ensuring that you have included all of the necessary information in the obituary. Losing someone you love is an emotional and tragic time in you life. Trying to come up with the right words for an obituary is difficult. Your first instinct will be to write about all of their achievements, interests and hobbies. However, the obituary is meant to be an overview of their life and should not go into too much details.

Read the obituaries sample 1 and 2 below for two well-worded sample obituaries. This will show you what is typically included in an obit and is a good starting point for writing an obit for your loved one. Next, use an obituary template to gather all of the information you want to include in the obituary. Lastly, if you need more help on structuring and writing the obituary, read our obituary writing articles.




Henry Andrew Hughes, 82, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at his home in Boston, MA. He was born on January 14, 1930 in Los Angeles, CA to Frank and June (Walters) Hughes.

Henry grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Los Angeles District 22 High School in Los Angeles in 1947. After high school he attended university at the University of Boston in Boston, MA where he received a degree in Business. He then began work for a large manufacturing company where he worked for 50 years.

Henry married Judith in 1956 in Boston, MA. They were happily married for 56 years.

Henry was a member of St. Patrick’s Lutheran Church and was very involved with the Rotary Club in Boston. He enjoyed hiking, NASCAR, watching sports and spending time with his family. He also received a lifetime achievement award for his 25+ years of volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Boston.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents Frank and June Hughes; his brothers Scott and Greg; his sister Cheryl; and his son Jason (Joan) Hughes.

Henry is survived by his spouse Judith of Medford, MA; his son Joshua (Annette) Hughes of Dallas, TX; his daughter Sue (Dave) Coleman of Boston, MA; his grandchildren Kelly, Roger and Ryan, his great-grandchild Kimberly; and his loving nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at Sanders and Peterson Funeral Home, 9989 15th Ave NE, Boston, MA at 11:00 am on April 21, 2012. A visitation will be held at the Funeral Home’s Chapel at 5:00 – 8:00 pm on April 20, 2012. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery, 99 West 14th Ave, Boston, MA at 2:00 pm on April 12, 2012.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Kidney Fund, PO Box 4455, 9822 M Street E, Washington, DC 00000. Condolences may be left on Henry Hughes’s online guest book at




Collin Fred Green, 79, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on February 10, 2012 peacefully in his sleep.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on February 12, 2012 at Baker and Sons Funeral Home. Reverend Barry Davis of St. Michael Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 4:00 PM on February 11, 2012 at St. Michael Church. Burial will follow the funeral at City View Cemetery at 4:00 PM. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Baker and Sons Funeral Home.

Collin was born in Redmond, Washington on February 19, 1933. He graduated from Redmond Hills High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of Washington.

Collin was married to Marybeth C. Green (Adams) on July 20, 1955; they were married 57 years.

Collin worked as a regional sales manager at IBM for more than 30 years. He enjoyed hiking, watching movies, playing sports and spending time with his friends and family. He was also actively involved in volunteering for many years and was a dedicated member of the Seattle Red Cross.

Collin is survived by his two children, Simon M. Green and his wife Alexis, Jack Green; his 2 grandchildren Jake and Olivia; his 2 brothers, Marty N. Green and Lawrence N. Green; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

Collin is preceded in death by his parents, Gordon G. Green and Alicia L. Green; as well as his sister, Catharine D. Baker.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Red Cross of America, 5344 West 31st Street, Washington, DC 00000. The family of Collin Green wishes to thank the Seattle City Hospice and Palliative Care Center as well as St. Michael Church.


The obituaries sample text above will acts as a good template for writing an obit for your loved one. You may also want to use an obituary template to collect the information to include in the obit. If you need additional help, we recommend that you read our obituary writing articles.


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