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Obituary Guideline

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Example: 

Jane Smith 

March 28, 1921 - December 3, 2006 

Jane (Matthews) Smith, 84, of Brenham, went to be with her Lord on December 3rd, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of Jane’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8th at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29th Street in Bryan with Rev. Samuel Thomas officiating. 

Jane was born on March 28, 1921 to Mildred and Eugene Smith in Bryan. When her sweetheart Bill returned from the war, Jane and Bill were married in Brenham and decided to raise their family. After the children were in school, Jane returned to nursing at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. 

In retirement, Jane and Bill were active in their church and were avid lawn bowlers. Her greatest pleasure was received when spending time with her family. 

She is preceded in death by her loving husband William in 2001. 

Jane leaves behind her children, Patricia Thompson and husband Frank, Matthew and wife Sally, and Peter; grandchildren, Robin Smith, and James and Jessica Smith; her cat, Maddy; and numerous relatives and friends. 

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice Brazos Valley at 502 W 26th St. Bryan, TX 77805. 

Please share memories and tributes to Jane at www.hillierfuneralhome.com

Obituary Sections: 

Announcement:  The formal notification of the death states the full name, the desired phrase: died, passed away, etc., and the date and place (city/town). The cause of death is not usually stated but may be if so desired. The date and place of birth are usually listed next. 

Scheduled Ceremonies:  This will give the time and location of any viewings, memorial services, scatterings or interments, or any other gathering you may choose. 

Biographical Information:   This will give information about the person’s life, education, work, honors, hobbies, etc. 

Survivor Information:   List the spouse, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, other close relatives, close friends, and even pets. Predeceased relatives are usually noted before the survivors. 

Contributions or Flowers:   Some families request that contributions be made to a meaningful organization instead of sending flowers. 

Memories and Tributes:   Add this phrase to the end of the notice to let readers know that they can submit special memories and messages online. Through this service, we receive many tributes- even from around the world. There is no fee for our client families to have their obituary notice posted on our website. 

Funeral Home Website:   Obits on our website allow family and friends to be notified as soon as possible so that they do not have to wait for it to appear in the newspaper. www.hillierfuneralhome.com 

Additional Information: 

We wish to let families know that we can assist in composing the notice-in whole or in part- we are always willing to help. We feel that giving families the opportunity to create their own notice can be beneficial in the grieving process. There are no charges for these services.

  •  Please feel free to ask us to help you compose a meaningful and personal obituary. We can also review and proofread your draft before it is submitted to the newspaper.
  •  An obituary can be as long or as creative as you would like. Consider placing a shorter notice in the newspaper, then post a longer version online or print and distribute a longer version to funeral attendees.
  •  Obituary notices are very personal and special records; this guide is only a suggestion on how to compose an obituary notice. Use the current obits on our site as additional resources for structure and choice of words.
  •  There is no legal requirement as to the format or even the submission of an obituary notice.
  •  There is no fee for an obituary and photo to be placed on our website.

Emailing the Obituary: 

Once you have completed the obituary notice, please e-mail it to us at wecare@aggielandaffordablecremation.com so that we can add it to our website. We will then forward it to the newspaper of your choice.

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