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Funeral booklet for Nurse Ellen Louise Ferguson

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Funeral booklet for Nurse Ellen Louise Ferguson
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Home-going service of thanksgiving & praise Ellen Louise Ferguson
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18 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
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English
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Demeritte's Funeral Home
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Nassau, Bahamas
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Nurses -- Biography -- Bahamas   ( lcsh )
Ferguson, Ellen Louise, 1932-2008   ( lcsh )
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individual biography   ( marcgt )

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Hilda Bowen Library
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HoME-GoiNG SERVICE oF THANKSGIVING & PRAISE NOVEMBER 9, 1932 NOVEMBER 14, 2008

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF Born: 9th November, 1932 Died: 14th November, 2008 Age: 76 years SERVICE HELD AT: The Church of God of Prophecy East Street Tabernacle, Nassau, Bahamas Saturday, 29th November, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating: Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson, Senior Pastor Assisted By: Bishop Woodley C. Thompson, Associate Pastor Minister Kendal C. Simmons, Associate Pastor Organist: Michael Swann Pianist: Louise Simmons Keyboardist: Maurice Simms Interment: Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road Nassau, Bahamas Directing: D eme rittes Funeral Home

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CELEBRATING THE LIFE & LEGACY OF r@i!tuv Also known as Sister, Mummy, Gramma and Mamma 1932 -2008 "Some-day when fades the golden sun beneath the rosy tinted west; My blessed Lord will say "Well Done" and I shall enter into rest. And I shall see Him face to face and tell the story saved by grace. And I shall see Him face to face and tell the story saved by grace. Ellen Louise Ferguson, affectionately called 'Sister', was born in New Providence to the parentage of the late Edmund Ferguson and Lillian Nonage-Ferguson on November 9, 1932. She was the second child and first daughter of that union. The first child and only son, Wilmer, predeceased 'Sister' in 1994. The addition of Inez and Alberrha completed the family circle. As was customary with many families of that era the oldest girl was 'given' to the grandparents as a mark of respect. 'Sister' was no exception; hence she would visit her grandmother, the late Ida 'Mama Ida Moss-Nonage in True Blue, Crooked Island for extended periods of time, particularly during summer breaks from school. Being her first granddaughter, 'Sister' was totally pampered by 'Mama Ida,' and was her pride and joy. She was honoured to teach her how to sew, cook, and to play the organ. Mama Ida's home accommodated many dignitaries of the day, such as the Out Island Commissioners and school teachers. One such teacher was the late Mr. James Campbell. Mama Ida's spirit of hospitality no doubt prepared 'Sis ter' for the role she would be called upon to play later in life when s he, along with her husband, welcomed, entertained and accommodated many dignitaries from within The Bahamas as well as from the Caribbean, the United States, the United Kingdom and Africa, who visited The Bahamas, especially for National Conventions or other special events in our church life, or just to visit with her family. Sister' was challenged very early in life. Her mother died when she was only nine years old. She, her father and sisters, who were three and six years old, as well as her brother, who was twelve years old, were left to navigate and negotiate themselves through the uncertain pathway of childhood and family life. Sister's late father, who was a firm and strict disciplinarian, is to be commended for the tremendous job he did, single handedly, in rearing his family to be outstanding professionals and law abiding citizens in our Bahamian society Even though 'Sister' was only a child, of necessity, she had to perfect the skills, such as cooking, cleaning, taking care of the laundry and sewing, in order to be of assistance to her father in the rearing of her siblings. She also learnt how to economize, improvise and be satisfied with whatever the good Lord provided for them. These are attributes that she carried throughout her life. Similarly she utilized her sewing skills acquired early in life, when she took employment with a clothing factory called Tropiclad in the Centreville area. Academically, 'Sister' attended the Quarry Mission Primary School and the Southern Junior and Senior Schools. At the latter school, she completed her high school education and obtained her High School Leaving Certificate, which was the recognized secondary level certificate of the day. In the early 1950's, she entered the Princess Margaret Hospital to pursue the Registered Nurse Course of study, which lasted for four years. She completed this training and graduated top of her class. She additionally obtained certificates of competency in both Psychiatric Nursing and Midwifery. Many mothers on this island can testifY to the loving care, skill, and adeptness of Nurse Ellen Ferguson, as she safely delivered their babies. She was also a Nurse that believed in praying for and with her patients, whether she was nursing them in The Princess Margaret Hospital or in their private homes To enhance her elocution skills, Ellen attended a Course in Public Speaking and Human Relations at Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc. (Bahamas) in 1970. She completed this Course as the most improved student.

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It is also to be noted that Ellen was an avid reader and always encouraged her children to read. In fact, if the truth be told, Ellen taught her children how to study, and also helped to prepare them for examinations. She was an excellent cook and took pride in preparing meals for her husband and children, other relatives, friends, friends of her children, or whomever came by the home. Her signature dishes were soups and potato bread. Another important hobby was her exceptional gar dening skills. Clearly she had a green thumb as she personally landscaped her residence with a variety of exotic plants and native fruit trees. Shortly after Ellen qualified in the Nursing profession she met and married the dashing, deb o nair, dark, tall, and hand some entrepreneur, Evangelist, later Bishop, Herbert E Ferguson. Ellen's world changed once again, as she was now called upon to take on the role of wife and mother to their four children; Lily, now deceased, Thelma, Joyann, and Herbert Jr., as well as partner with her husband in the family business, Ferguson s Food Store, Gibbs Corner Ellen executed her duties with devotion, diligence, precision and excellence, thus releasing her husband to be actively involved in assisting with the administration of the affairs of The Church of God of Prophecy Ellen was never in the frontline of the Church of God of Prophecy; hers was a role of undergirding her husband and children in the service of the Lord. This quiet and humble de meanor in no way detracted from her strong faith and trust in God. She also spared no effort in ensuring that her children received the best education and home training in order to equip them to be good citizens ofThe Bahamas and indeed the world. She never spared the rod of correction, for she truly believed that "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it f a r from him." Proverbs 22: 15. All of her children are making worthwhile contributions as Public Officers in the Office of The Attorney General: Thelma, as Permanent Secretary, Joyann, as lawyer and Chief Counsel and Herbert as an Officer in the Registrar General's Department. Ellen was concerned about the whole man, so she was careful to teach her children the importance of a godly life and the need to be industrious and independent. She ensured that her children attended Sunday-School, divine worship services, young people's meetings, music lessons karate lessons, sewing lessons, and whatever else she thought was necessary to make them well rounded and equipped to meet life s challenges. After the demise of her husband in 1993, Ellen continued with even more fervour and determination to keep everything going just as she knew her husband would have wanted. He would have been proud to see how well she kept the family in tact, whilst excelling with the other business ventures. We salute you Mummy! Another outstanding chapter in this great woman's life was when the grandchildren came along. They are ten in number, Sabrina (Lily's daughter), being the oldest and Jordyn and )ayden Qoy's twins), being the youngest. Each grand child was special and unique in his/her own way to Mamma, as the older grandchildren called her, and Gramma as the younger grandchildren called her. In 2004, Ellen' s health began to decline. She was hospitalized twice during that year, but a merciful God restored her and she bounced back. She was once again given an opportunity to impart her godly wisdom and other life skills with her chil dren, extended family and all those around her. The family would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the household staff of the Ferguson family, who went beyond the call of duty, particularly since 2004, to make things comfortable for Mummy. Worthy of special note is Francina 'Nana' Saunders who has been with the family for thirty-two (32) years W e say that God has given us a gem in the person of 'Nana' who gave loyal, faithful and compassionate care to Mummy and Daddy up to the time of their demise. We love and thank you Nana!' Ellen was hospitalized in May of this year and again in October. She spent four weeks in hospital_ and was discharged on November 7,2008 She had a wonderful birthday celebration with her family on November 9 2008, in spite of her physical decline On Friday, November 14, 2008, Nurse Ellen Louise Ferguson was readmitted to Doctor's Hospital. During the course of the day it became apparent that Ellen's physical condition was not improving ; this was supported by the attending physi cians. For the Ferguson family and other relatives present, that day was not business as usual. Notwithstanding their several commitments everyone, in solidarity immediately gathered at her bedside.

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As the medical team monitored, family members prayed, sang, encouraged, and gave God thanks. There was much to give God thanks for; at 5 :34pm the golden sun faded beneath the rosy west as Ellen responded to the call of her Master and without fanfare, slipped away quietly and peacefully into her eternal rest. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. "Absent from the body, present with the Lord Left to celebrate her life and legacy are: Daughters: Thelma A. Beneby Attorney Joyann L. Pratt ; Son: Herbert E. Ferguson, Jr.; Grandchildren: Sabrina & Paul (Desiree) Walkine, Angel Beneby, Joshua, Jordyn and ]ayden Pratt, l
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MoDERATOR ...... .... ......... ............................. .............. ................... .. ..... ...... ........................... Bishop Woodley Thompson PRELUDE ........ ......... .... .... .... ... ................ . ........ ...... . ... .... .... . ....... ..... ............ ... ................ ... East Street Sanctuary Choir E NTRANCE OF FAMILY AND FINAL VIEWING OPE NING SENTENCES . ......... .... ................. ........ .... ................ .... ...... ......... ..... . ..................... . ... ..... ... ............ Moderator CoNGREGATIONAL HYMN ...... ... .... ............ ... ........ ........ . ...... . .......... ................. ................ ........ ... ..... .. I'll Be Sati s fied When my soul is singing In that promised land above I'll be satisfied, Praising Christ the Savior For redeeming grace and love I'll be satisfied. I'll be satisfied (satisfied) I'll be satisfied (satisfied) \Vhen my soul is resting In the presence of the Lord I'll be satisfied. Living in a city Where the soul shall nev e r die I'll be satisfied There to meet with loved ones Never more to say good-bye I'll be satisfied When I meet the ransomed Over on the golden shore I'll be satisfied There I'll join the angels Singing praises ever more I'll be satisfied. INVOCATION ............... ............. .................... ................... ..... .... .... ... . ............ ................ .... ... ..... Pastor John W Ferguson (Friend) PRAYER REsPONSE.. ................................................................................................. "My Faith Has Found A Resting Place" My faith has found a resting place, Nor in device or creed; I trust the ever living One, His wounds for me s hall plead. I need no other argument, I need no other plea, It is enough that Jesus died, And that He died for me. Enough for me that Jesus saves, This ends my fear and doubt; A sinful soul I come to Him, He'll never cast me out. My heart is leaning on the Word, The living Word of God, Salvation by my Savior's Name, Salvation through His blood. My great Physician heals the sick, The lost He came to save; For me His precious blood He shed, For me His life He gave. OLD TESTAMENT READING ........................................ Proverbs 3 :J-26 ................... ......................... ... ..... Dr. Jame s Ifer enta (Nephew) CoNGREGATIONAL HYMN ............................. ......... ...................................................................... ........ "I'll Live In Glory" I'd like to stay here longe r than man's allotted days And watch the fleeting changes of life s uneve n ways But if my Saviour calls me to that sweet home on high I'll live with Him forever in glory by and by. 0, yes I'll live in glory by and by I'll sing and tel/life's story there on high Ihere with my dear redeemer no more to die 0, yes I'll live in glory by and by.

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I want to be of service along this pilgrim way And lead the lost to Jesus, as fervently I pray As day by day I travel I'll keep Him ever nigh And live with Him forever in glory by and by. The end I know is nearing by faith I look away To yonder home supernal the land of endless day I'll cling to Him forever and look beyond the sky And spend the endless ages in glory by and by REFLECTIONS ...... .... ........ ..... . .............. . ......... ... .................................... . .................... . . ............ . ... Rev. Kendal Nottage (Cousin) MINISTERIAL REMARKS ...... ...... ................ ...... ...................................... ... Bishop Elgarnet B. Rahming (National Overseer) Bishop Brice H. Thompson (Genera/Presbyter) NEw TESTAMENT READING ........................... ............ Romans 8:28-39 ......................... ..... .................. ...... Sabrina Walkine (Oldest Granddaughter) SoLo ................ ........... ............... .... .......................................................... ... . ........... . ............................... Matthian Pratt (Son-in-law) A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF NURSE ELLEN L. FERGUSON (OBITUARY To BE READ IN SILENCE) FINAL TRJBUTE ................................. ... ........... ... ........................................ ... ............................. .... .................. Joyann Pratt (Daughter) SELECTION ....................................... ..... . .................................................................................. East Street Sanctuary Choir EuLOGY ... ............................. .... ........ .................................................................................... Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson PRAYER FoR THE FAMILY AND ALTAR CALL ........................................... ...... ...................... ...... .... .... Pastor Kendal Simmons CLOSING HYMN ...................................................................................................................................... "It's Alright Now" There was a time I travelled A lonely sinful road, Beneath a heavy burden bending low But now all things are different For Jesus rook my load, It's alright now, I'm His I know. It's alright now For I am in my Saviour's care It's alright now My Saviour hears and answers prayer He'll walk beside me 'Till I climb the heavenly stair And everything is alright now. A down a lonely pathway Without a friend to guide I walked in sin and sorrow all alone 'Till Jesus came and found me And drew me to His side It's alright now for I'm His own. No more in sin I wander No more in darkness roam The Lord has placed my feet on higher ground Each day new heights I'm gaining My soul is nearing Home It's alright now, I'm heaven bound. REcESSIONAL ................... ... .......... ............. ............................ ............... .... ....................................... ... Bahama Brass Band Repast (Take Away) will be held at the Children's Chapel following the Interment in Woodlawn Gardens

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MoDERATOR: MINISTER KENDAL SIMMoNs OPENING REMARKS ... . .... ......... ....................................... .......................... .......................... ............................ Moderator OPENING SoNG ............................... ... .... ........... .................... ... .... . ............. ...... ................. ........ . ............... "It Is Well When peace, like a river, attendeth my way When sorrows, like sea billows, roll Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, It is well with my soul Though Satan should buffet though t rials should come Let this blest assurance control That Christ has regarded my helpless estate And bath shed His own blood for my soul Chorus: It is well, with my soul It is well, it is well With my soul. My sin 0 the bliss of this glorious tho't My sin not in part but the whole Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more Praise the Lord praise the Lord, 0 my soul! And Lord haste the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul. PRAYER .......... .... .... ....... .... ...... ..... ...... .......... ................ ..................... ..... ............ ... ..... .......... ... Bishop Cephas Ferguson CoMMITTAL. ...................... .............................................................. ................................. Bishop Woodley C. lhon1pson SoNG ..................................... . ...... ......... ....... ... ........... ......... ... ......................................... ... .... ........... "Glad Reunion Day" 1here will be a happy meeting in heaven I know, When we see the many loved ones we've known here below Gather on the blessed hill-tops with hearts all aglow. That will be a glad reunion day. Chorus: Glad day, a wonderful day, Glad day, a glorious day There with all the holy angels and loved ones to stay, That will be a glad reunion day. There within the holy city we'll sing and rejoice, Praising Christ the blessed Saviour with heart and with voice Tell him how we came to love Him and make Him our choice. That will be a glad reunion day. When we live a million years in that wonderful place, Basking in the love of Jesus, beholding His face. It will seem bur just a moment of praising His grace. That will be a glad reunion day.

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j l WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP WONDER When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more, and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair; When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. When the roll is called up yonder W'hen the roll is called up yonder W'hen the roll is called up yonder W'hen the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise, And the glory of His resurrection share; When His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. Let us labor for the Master from the dawn till setting sun, Let us talk of all His wondrous love and care; Then when all of life is over, and our work on earth is done, And the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there. ..... J WHENWEALLGETTOHEAVEN 1 SingthewondrousloveofJesus, Sing His mercy and His grace. In the mansions bright and blessed He'll prepare for us a place. W'hen we all get to Heaven, W'hat a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see jesus, We'll sing and shout the victory! While we walk the pilgrim pathway, Clouds will overspread the sky; But when traveling days are over, Not a shadow, not a sigh Let us then be true and faithful, Trusting, serving every day; Just one glimpse of Him in glory Will the toils of life repay. Onward to the prize before us! Soon His beauty we'll behold; Soon the pearly gates will open; We shall tread the streets of gold.

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Some glad in the air, Coming after you and me, Joy is ours to share; What rejoicing there will be when the saints shall rise, Headed for that jubilee, yonder in the skies. Chorus: Oh what singing, Oh, what shouting. On that happy morning when we all shall rise; Oh what glory, Hallelujah! W'hen we meet our blessed Saviour in the skies. Seems that now I almost see all the sainted dead, Rising for that jubilee, that is just ahead; In the twinkling of an eye, changed with them to be, All the living saints to fly to that jubilee. When with all the heav'nly host we begin to sing, Singing in the Holy Ghost, how the heav'ns will ring; Millions there will join the song, with them we shall be Praising Christ thru ages long, heaven's jubilee. God again; By His counsels guide, uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again. Chorus: Till we meet, till we meet, Till we meet at jesus' feet; Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again. God be with you till we meet again; When life's perils thick confound you; Put His arms unfailing round you; God be with you till we meet again. God be with you till we meet again; Keep love's banner floating o'er you, Strike death's threatening wave before you; God be with you till we meet again.

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, A Special Tribute To My Sister True 9 by A/bertha Ferguson-Eyer I couldn't be more blessed to write this tribute, first because someone I highly respect and love deeply is the subjectMy Sister, Ellen. Second, it's honest and from the heart, and third, it's a story which is desperately needed to be told. "Sister", as I affectionately called her had a grand and glorious childhood including trav e lling to and from Crooked I s land on numerous occasions to visit with our maternal, grandmother -"Mama Ida". Sister recounted the special times she spent with her learning how to perform household chores. At nine years old, the unthinkable event happened. Our mother died suddenly and everything in our lives changed. Daddy went to the helm and I along with my three other siblings, had to regroup our lives with Sister being thrust with the great responsibility of directing the household chores. She suddenly became my mother. I was only three years old. She taught m e a lot and helped to significantly shape my character and build my value system for life. Sister entered nursing school in The Bahamas, and when she graduated, she got a job as a Staff Nurse at The Princess Margaret Hospital. Eventually, we all followed in her footsteps in our various underrakings. Sister married a handsome Christian gentleman by the name of H. E. Ferguson, and together they started and reared a family of their own, with three successful children, who are all accomplished and productive citizens with families of their own. Sister was exceptionally kind to me and to all of us, I vividly remember when she accompanied me on my first trip to Miami. She paid for that trip along with all my fees to take the Senior Cambridge Examination (now BGCSE), which I successfully passed with distinction. After Daddy died in 1970, she again assumed a significant role as the matriarch of our family, while rearing her own and kept us together. During Sister's latter years, her health gradually began to decline and it was now my time to give back to her for ren dering such loving, selfless and compassionate service to me during the years. I was privileged to spend many nights with her over a rwo year period. It was at this tim e that I had the opportunity, maturity and discernment to really un derstand what she meant to me. We often spoke of those challenging days growing up and how perfectly God worked it out in the end. I began to look at this wonderful woman from the inside and what a remarkable portrait I saw! She was full of wisdom encouragement, discernment and compassion. I saw a lady who was very serene and focused and whose life was solidly grounded in Christ The Solid Rock. I asked her only a few weeks ago what else would she had wished to accomplish in her life? She looked me dead in the eye with a smile on her face and said: "Bertha, I want to hear only rwo words from the Master," I said what are they? She answered "WELL DONE!" Little did I know that this would form the weaving of a tapestry of the final chapter of her life. Having witnessed her most incredible demise which was also shared with her close relatives and friends there is no doubt in my mind that the Master has already spoken those words to True, True Ellen-WELL DONE! Finally, I would say to my nieces Thelma, Joy and my nephew Herbert 'Boy', while you mourn for your mother, be reminded that she has lived a rich, full life and has left a wonderful legacy for you all to cherish! Thank You Sister for Shaping My Life May your Soul Rest in Peace!

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A Tribute to My 'Sister' Ellen ... 1 By Inez-Ferguson-Peet It's different now in our very small family A special family voice can no longer be heard; Of course, it's a fact we must accept sadly, Because, our Sister Ellen has taken wings like a bird. Our Sister was a wife, mother and grandmother, who cared, A friend, relative and Nurse helping those in need; Her earthly possession with others she gladly shared; Her profound words of wisdom so many did heed. She lived a life built on God's Holy Book, She hid the words in her heart diligently, day by day When trials assailed her, to Jesus she would look, For she knew if she asked, He would never say nay. 'Sister', made her entrance to earth in the month of November, She bravely and gladly cherished her place whatever the role, 'Sister' has left us a rich legacy we will always remember Her work is now over and God has received her soul. To Gon BE THE GLoRY 1 To The Family Of Mrs. Ellen Louise Ferguson We bow in humble submission to the will of the Almighty, seeing how He has reached down and gathered one of His jewels. Mrs. Ellen Louise Ferguson, a virtuous woman, whose hands touched the lives of many as she walked humbly before Her God. She was given to much hospitality, and we are proud to have been engrafted into her life We will always be grateful for the love that we received We mourn with you in her passing and will forever cherish the sweet memories. Lovingly Submitted CousiN MAxwELL & ELIZABETH FERGUSON

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IIERHER"I E. Fl RGU N JR. ljAUL W LKINF Nl HOLAS BYER D PE T ALVIN BAI FELIX WALKINE FELIX BENEBY DR JAMES IFERENTA DR. BERNARD OTTAGE NATHANIEL BENEBY DELlU BLNE1W IOH W. f-ER USON PETER MEADOW D VJN PEET I'HILIP BENEBY MATfHIAN PRATT E.j. BOWE LOWELL MORTIMER REV. KE DAL NOTTA ,E HVBERTDEAN We rhe family of the !are ELLEN LOUI E FERGU ON, wish ro convey our deepest appreciation for the numerous expressions of sympathy extended during our time of bereavement. Your prayers vi sirs, telephone call. and other gesture of love. have provid d gr e ar comfort to us; and made our arrows much easier lO bear. May God ri h1 bles you THE FAMILY () Fun eral St' rvice RendcrPrl 11 s J11unral P h one: 35 9-28 7 4 31 {-5 782 3S6 6160 1 62 MJrkE' t Ire l P.O. Ro\ T -2097 Nass.1u, B e Designed and Prlnred by: THE PAINT SHOP 397-5050


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