Sample Obituaries

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Sample ObituariesIf you are in the difficult situation of having to write an obituary, you should begin by reading sample obituaries. The six sample obituaries included here will provide good examples of an obituaries tone, layout and wording. When reading the obits below, you should take note of what information is included and excluded. This will help ensure that when you collect information from friends and family for the obituary that you ask for the right info. After you have read the samples below, we suggest that you read our articles on writing obituaries, which will give you helpful tips and tricks. Then you should download an obituary template to use to write the obituary for your loved one.



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. Click here to read the entire obituary for Henry Hughes…


Pauline ‘Paula’ Ellen Tucker, 82, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at the Rochester County Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Paula was born on January 23, 1930, a daughter of the late Ernest and Linda Jordan. She graduated from Rochester High School in 1947 and worked for a major department store chain as clothing buyer for 10 years. She married the late Roy Tucker in August 1955 and together they owned the Tucker Boutique in Rochester. Click here to read the entire obituary for Pauline Tucker…




Ella Ruth Clark, aged 80, died peacefully on March 20, 2012 at home in her condo at Marina Side Resort Residence, after a brief struggle with cancer. Ella was born July 25, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Michael J. Campbell and Betty H. Edwards. Ella thoroughly enjoyed athletics and the outdoors. She learned to swim at the early age of 4and began riding horses at 6. She won numerous swim and diving awards in high school and university. Click here to read the entire obituary for Ella Clark…


Amy Julie Collins, age 78 of Phoenix, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012. She was born to the late Jonathan Collins and Betty Stewart Collins on February 20, 1934. Amy attended Scottsdale Grammar School, Phoenix County High School, before attending the University of Arizona, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Gamma Sorority. She was an active member in the community and served on the Board of Health in Phoenix for 25 years. Click here to read the entire obituary for Amy Collins…




Dennis Scott Carter, 53, of Toronto, Ontario, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at the Toronto Medical Center. Born in Kingston, Ontario to Michael and Angela Carter he lived most of his life in Kingston. Dennis was an incredibly intelligent man who enjoyed technology. He worked as the President of Web Technologies at a Toronto IT company. In his spare time he enjoyed building computers, playing games (especially scrabble) and watching movies. Click here to read the entire obituary for Dennis Carter…


Arthur Samuel Coleman, 80, of Boise, Idaho, beloved husband and best friend of Martha (Griffin) Coleman for 54 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on March 13, 2012. He was predeceased by his sister Alice Bryant and his dearly loved daughter, Michelle, who tragically died in a car accident in 2010. He was also predeceased by his parents Wally and Joyce Coleman, his brothers Martin and Barry Colemans. Click here to read the entire obituary for Arthur Coleman…


Reading sample obituaries is the best place to begin when planning to write an obituary. The samples above will show you a few different options of how to word an obituary. The next step is to read some of our articles on obituary writing, which will give you more information on how to write a beautiful obituary for your loved one. Then, when you are ready to write the obituary download a fillable obituary template.


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