Obituaries

Kenneth DeSpain
B: 1921-09-21
D: 2018-12-09
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DeSpain, Kenneth
Ivy Carpenter
B: 1931-07-26
D: 2018-12-07
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Carpenter, Ivy
Charles Struewe
B: 1925-01-27
D: 2018-12-07
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Struewe, Charles
James Goodwin
B: 1955-10-29
D: 2018-12-07
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Goodwin, James
Patricia Larabee
B: 1936-02-01
D: 2018-12-07
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Larabee, Patricia
Cheryl Kosman
B: 1951-08-24
D: 2018-12-07
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Kosman, Cheryl
Lawrence Smith
B: 1926-07-19
D: 2018-12-04
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Smith, Lawrence
Priscilla Mershon
B: 1945-06-04
D: 2018-12-04
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Mershon, Priscilla
Judyth Cook
B: 1950-09-27
D: 2018-12-04
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Cook, Judyth
Mildred Wheaton
B: 1918-05-15
D: 2018-12-03
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Wheaton, Mildred
Gladys Tyree
B: 1929-12-13
D: 2018-12-02
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Tyree, Gladys
Gerald Petersen
B: 1949-09-19
D: 2018-12-02
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Petersen, Gerald
James Bales
B: 1960-07-09
D: 2018-12-01
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Bales, James
Mary Gregg
B: 1937-12-23
D: 2018-12-01
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Gregg, Mary
Jack Liebsch
B: 1928-10-07
D: 2018-12-01
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Liebsch, Jack
Anna Garrett
B: 1925-09-28
D: 2018-12-01
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Garrett, Anna
Emma McFerrin
B: 1927-10-15
D: 2018-11-30
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McFerrin, Emma
DuOnna Butts
B: 1959-10-31
D: 2018-11-28
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Butts, DuOnna
Roy Jones
B: 1920-07-28
D: 2018-11-27
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Jones, Roy
Darlene Davenport
B: 1942-12-24
D: 2018-11-26
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Davenport, Darlene
Mary Starks
B: 1926-01-10
D: 2018-11-26
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Starks, Mary

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Funeral

For millennia the death of someone we love has been attended with ritual, a gathering of friends and family, with songs and sharing, and with caring for the body of the deceased.  Traditions change in various cultures, but the funeral is the way in which people share in their grief, celebrate a life lived, and prepare to live on without their loved one. 

At Speaks we exist to care for families as they both grieve and celebrate life.  We are honored to be chosen to help and treat people with dignity and care. Our service options are such that we can accommodate any plans that a family may wish to make and we provide logistical and specialized care in a wide variety of ways. 

Our website provides a resource for those who wish to plan, to understand both what is possible and what is needed, and to bring support to families as they make arrangements.  We are here to help.

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Celebrating a Life
The life of your loved one deserves to be celebrated. Here are the ways we can create a meaningful ceremony of remembrance where family and friends can find comfort in companionship, and in shared memories.
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Steps in Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service
Outlining the basics, this page is a fine place to start for those families faced with making final care arrangements for a loved one. Here’s where you become familiar with what’s ahead.