Obituaries

Earl Walker
B: 1927-04-17
D: 2017-08-16
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Walker, Earl
Wanda Gossett
B: 1925-08-24
D: 2017-08-14
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Gossett, Wanda
Carol Self
B: 1949-05-28
D: 2017-08-12
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Self, Carol
Erba Skinner
B: 1931-02-07
D: 2017-07-28
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Skinner, Erba
Michael Marshall
B: 1952-05-05
D: 2017-07-23
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Marshall, Michael
Judith Geiger
B: 1955-09-16
D: 2017-07-21
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Geiger, Judith
Leona Sikes
B: 1925-11-18
D: 2017-07-20
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Sikes, Leona
Presley Morgan
B: 2015-06-06
D: 2017-07-15
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Morgan, Presley
Brandon Hightower
B: 1984-02-13
D: 2017-07-09
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Hightower, Brandon
Alvin Kiker
B: 1939-01-03
D: 2017-06-29
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Kiker, Alvin
Betty Greathouse
B: 1932-11-21
D: 2017-06-29
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Greathouse, Betty
Vern Stockard
B: 1948-06-12
D: 2017-06-28
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Stockard, Vern
Orene Onstott
B: 1934-01-29
D: 2017-06-26
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Onstott, Orene
Jimmie Richards
B: 1932-05-16
D: 2017-06-17
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Richards, Jimmie
Fortunato Pacheco
B: 1937-10-14
D: 2017-06-02
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Pacheco, Fortunato
Isaias Baca
B: 1930-03-26
D: 2017-06-02
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Baca, Isaias
Royce Clark
B: 1930-06-13
D: 2017-05-27
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Clark, Royce
Helen Jones
B: 1921-10-31
D: 2017-05-27
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Jones, Helen
Roy Montano
B: 1960-08-07
D: 2017-05-20
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Montano, Roy
Nellie Hern
B: 1932-06-14
D: 2017-05-18
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Hern, Nellie
Joyce Fraze
B: 1934-01-18
D: 2017-05-14
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Fraze, Joyce

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Traditional Funeral Services

The Basics of Traditional Funeral Services

Traditional funeral services include:

  • Visitation: This is often called a viewing or a wake. Guests come to pay their respects to the deceased by viewing their casketed body and spending time with the grieving family. A visitation can occur at any time before the funeral service.
  • Funeral Service: This event commonly takes place at the funeral home, a church, or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer, and the singing of hymns.
  • Committal Service: If the family plans to bury the deceased, this stage involves the vehicle procession to the cemetery.
  • Funeral Reception: Many choose to host this post-service gathering (or repast) at a reception hall. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.

A funeral service, whether traditional or more modern (memorial service or celebration-of-life), has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.

If you are interested in making funeral arrangements for a loved one, we invite you to call us at (575) 356-4455 to begin.

Online Sources:

Rostad, Curtis, "The Basics of Funeral Service", Indiana Funeral Directors Association, 2014