Sample Obituaries For Mother

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Sample Obituaries For Mother

If you have lost your mother, the last thing you want to worry about is the obituary. These sample obituaries for mother should help you write the obit. We recommend that you begin by reading these obituaries, which will help you understand how an obituary is written.

It is important when composing an obituary to know what to include and what to omit. Certain aspects of the obituary, such as the death announcement, must be included. Other information, including education, work history, hobbies and other information are optional.

The sample obituaries for mother are meant to serve as inspiration. After reading the samples we recommend that you read one of our obituary format guides, which will help you structure the obituary. Both of the obituaries below are fictional.



Elizabeth Marie Williams, 89, of Springfield, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Born February 14, 1923 in Homestead, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Walter Jones Smith and Francine Elizabeth Smith.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Frank Martin Williams; two sons, Wayne Williams and wife, Jane of Portland, OR, and Walt Williams and his wife, Betty of Eugene, OR; a sister, Julie Jones of Eugene, OR; two grandchildren, Chris and Gill and four great-grandchildren, Susan, Jenny, David and Richard.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 AM Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Johnston Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Shillings officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 PM Saturday at Johnston Cemetery in Springfield, OR.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from 10:30 AM until 11:15 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 5432, Washington, DC 55235.



Janet Mary Sutherland, 68, of Sheldon, died at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at The Sheldon City Hospice in Sheldon, WA. She was born March 23, 1944 in Olympia, Washington, to Richard and Wendy Smith. She married Robert “Bobby” Sutherland on July 16, 1966 and he survives.

Also surviving are her mother Wendy Smith of Arlington, two sons, Jimmy (Mary) Smith of Arlington, and Charles Jones of Seattle; one granddaughter Jill; one sister Liz (John) Richards of Seattle; one brother Ron (Gillian) Smith; three nephews, Kevin, Simon and David Smith and several cousins.

Her father and one son, Rob Michael Sutherland preceded her in death.

Janet was a long time resident of Sheldon where she lived since leaving her childhood home in Olympia at the age of 19. She graduated from Olympia Secondary School in 1961 and was a librarian at the University of Seattle.

She loved to cook and enjoyed reading and playing card games. She enjoyed antiquing and visiting garage sales on the weekends.

The visitation is from 9 AM until 11 AM on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the Jones Family Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 11:30 AM on Friday, April 6, 2012, also at the Jones Family Funeral Home. Reverend Michael Jones will be officiating. The burial will be at the Olympia Hills Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sheldon City Hospice at PO Box 544, 1544 51st Street, Olympia, Washington.



Cynthia Chan, 81, of Vancouver, British Columbia, formerly of Calgary, Alberta, died peacefully in her sleep on January 15, 2012, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Born September 10, 1930 in Calgary, Alberta, she is predeceased by her parents, John J. and Olivia M. (Smith) Walters of Calgary, Alberta, and her late husband of 50 years, Simon Chan of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cyndi (also known as “Cyn” by her family) was a homemaker living in Vancouver, BC and joined with her husband, Simon, in the ownership and operation of the South Vancouver Bed and Breakfast, in 1981. She was a snowbird to Palm Springs, California every winter until a few years before her passing.

Survivors include her daughters, Marianne (Bob M.) Smith of Vancouver, BC, and Susan (William L.) Ward of Kelowna, BC and granddaughter, Amy Ward of Kelowna, BC; grandson Bobby Smith of Vancouver, BC; and five nieces and two nephews’ as well as her pets: Taffy (dog), Salty and Sandy (cats).

Private services and entombment were held at Mountain Hills Memorial Gardens, Richmond, British Columbia. Memorial donations may be made to St. David’s Church, 5932 Tree Lane, Vancouver, BC or the St. Paul’s Hospital Fund, 5222 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.

Friends and relatives may visit online to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Vancouver, BC made the funeral arrangements.


The sample obituaries for mother provided above should have given you the help you need to get started writing the obituary. Next, we recommend that you read one of our obituary format guides. The guide will walk you step-by-step through structuring and writing the obit.


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