Obituaries

Ruth Cater
B: 1922-07-09
D: 2018-06-18
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Cater, Ruth
Emilio Salazar
B: 1922-06-30
D: 2018-06-18
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Salazar, Emilio
Gail Crozier
B: 1951-06-01
D: 2018-06-16
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Crozier, Gail
Mike Bustamante
B: 1991-06-27
D: 2018-06-15
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Bustamante, Mike
Ama McDermid
B: 1953-08-28
D: 2018-06-14
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McDermid, Ama
Billy Melton
B: 1951-07-22
D: 2018-06-13
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Melton, Billy
Geraldine Harris
B: 1935-05-09
D: 2018-06-10
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Harris, Geraldine
Charlotte Strong
B: 1932-09-05
D: 2018-06-09
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Strong, Charlotte
Bessie Tipton
B: 1934-08-17
D: 2018-06-08
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Tipton, Bessie
Jewell Wilhoit
B: 1924-11-26
D: 2018-06-07
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Wilhoit, Jewell
Fred Trujillo
B: 1940-03-16
D: 2018-05-17
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Trujillo, Fred
Stanley Harrison
B: 1949-08-29
D: 2018-05-16
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Harrison, Stanley
Eva Holleyman
B: 1922-08-23
D: 2018-05-10
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Holleyman, Eva
Betty Burleson
B: 1927-07-11
D: 2018-05-09
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Burleson, Betty
Ludell Heflin
B: 1955-09-16
D: 2018-05-09
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Heflin, Ludell
Ember Ontiveros
B: 2018-05-08
D: 2018-05-08
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Ontiveros, Ember
George Faver
B: 1941-07-16
D: 2018-05-06
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Faver, George
Ignacio Garcia
B: 1962-11-21
D: 2018-05-03
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Garcia, Ignacio
Paul Golightly
B: 1954-04-03
D: 2018-04-30
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Golightly, Paul
Dylan McKay
B: 1994-02-20
D: 2018-04-27
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McKay, Dylan
Wesley Bales
B: 1938-09-18
D: 2018-04-20
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Bales, Wesley

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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