Sample Obituary Wording

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Sample Obituary WordingWhen you have lost someone you love, choosing the right words for an obituary can be difficult. Our sample obituary wording will help you write a well-worded obituary for your loved one.

Writing an obituary is a difficult task especially when combined with the grief of losing someone you have loved. You are likely going to want to write about all of the person’s wonderful accomplishments, hobbies and interests. You will also want to list all of the relatives that will miss the person who passed away. However, you need to take time to collect these thoughts and think about exactly what words you want to include in the obituary. We suggest that you start by reading the sample obituary wording below, which will give you a good example of how an obituary is written. Next, we suggest that you view our obituary templates and articles on how to write an obituary before you write the obit.




Keith Michael Baker, 85, of Las Vegas, passed away March 10, 2012 in Henderson, Nevada.

Visitation will be held at Turner and Sons Funeral Home in Las Vegas on March 12, 2012 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Funeral service will be held at Turner and Sons Funeral Home on March 13, 2012 at 11:00 am with Reverend Roger Lee of St. Anthony’s Church officiating. Burial will follow at Desert Valley Cemetery. Turner and Sons Funeral Home are handling the funeral arrangements.

Keith was born in Las Vegas to Henry and Shirley Baker on March 15, 1927. He went to high school at Las Vegas City High School and graduated in 1944. He went on to earn a degree in Arts from Nevada State University. He worked as an Operations Manager for a casino for 30+ years. He was involved in the Rotary Club of Las Vegas. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, football and the outdoors.

Keith is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Shirley; two brothers Doug and Carl Baker; and a sister Amy Nelson.

Keith is survived by his sister Carolyn (Robert) Adams of Henderson; son Partick (Rebecca) Baker; daughter Anna (Kevin) Sampson; two grandchildren Marie Baker and Brenda Sampson; and newborn great-granddaughter Jessica Baker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 555, Washington, DC 00000. Condolences may be left in Keith’s online guestbook at

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




Kimberly ‘Kim’ Edna Wells, 85, entered into eternal peace on Monday, April 2, 2012, at the Salt Lake City County Hospice and Palliative Care Center.

Kim was born on July 10, 1927, a daughter of the late Jacob and Lynn Jones. She graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1944 and worked for the City of Salt Lake as a VP of Operations for the Parks Board. She married the late Martin Wells in August 1950 and together they owned the Well’s Corner Store in Salt Lake City, Utah. They worked besides each other for more than 40 years. Kim was a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick’s Church and a member and active fundraiser for the Variety Club. Kim was a very kind and gentle soul; she had a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 40 years, Martin Wells in 1996; her devoted son, Jack Wells in 2010; siblings, Jen McDonald, Jane Boyd and Will Wells.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her; loving sisters, Janet L. Davidson of Provo, Utah and Elizabeth Hunter, of Ogden, Utah; adorning nieces, Alexis and her husband Michael Hicks, Julia and her husband Jason Kennedy; Chelsea and the late Doreen Morales; sister-in-law Joanne Ellis.

Services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:30 am at the Wallace Family Funeral Home, Salt Lake City, Utah at 555 West 13th Street, then to St. Patrick’s Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Entombment will follow in Valley View Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited and may call at the Wallace Family Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday from 8:00 to 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 4233 East 21st Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 00000; or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 555, 2399 51st NE, Washington, DC 55555.


Now that you have read the sample obituary wording above it is time to write the obit for you loved one. For more help we suggest that you view our obituary templates and articles on how to write an obituary.


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