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Dorothy Tryon
B: 1922-07-20
D: 2017-06-27
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Tryon, Dorothy
Leota McArthur
B: 1932-09-06
D: 2017-06-27
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McArthur, Leota
Elizabeth Wills
B: 1920-08-05
D: 2017-06-25
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Wills, Elizabeth
Robert Fletcher
B: 1936-01-22
D: 2017-06-21
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Fletcher, Robert
Kathleen Mutch
B: 1947-02-20
D: 2017-06-20
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Mutch, Kathleen
Dorothy Mells
B: 1917-01-29
D: 2017-06-20
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Mells, Dorothy
Howard Shelton
B: 1937-12-21
D: 2017-06-20
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Shelton, Howard
Bernice Baigent
B: 1925-09-25
D: 2017-06-19
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Baigent, Bernice
Robert Bell
B: 1936-10-17
D: 2017-06-19
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Bell, Robert
Elvin "Rob" Lilley
B: 1963-07-22
D: 2017-06-18
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Lilley, Elvin "Rob"
Cheryl Gregory
B: 1946-02-13
D: 2017-06-18
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Gregory, Cheryl
Carolyn Sumsion
B: 1943-07-24
D: 2017-06-17
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Sumsion, Carolyn
Eileen Finley
B: 1938-08-05
D: 2017-06-16
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Finley, Eileen
Wendell Pond
B: 1930-07-15
D: 2017-06-15
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Pond, Wendell
Filomena Fabrizio
B: 1934-01-28
D: 2017-06-15
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Fabrizio, Filomena
Irene Galley
B: 1924-12-04
D: 2017-06-14
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Galley, Irene
Hazel Garfat
B: 1924-08-10
D: 2017-06-14
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Garfat, Hazel
Willem Vandermey
B: 1919-09-16
D: 2017-06-14
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Vandermey, Willem
Edwin Anderson (C.P.G.A.)
B: 1927-03-21
D: 2017-06-13
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Anderson (C.P.G.A.), Edwin
Norma Taylor
B: 1933-06-19
D: 2017-06-13
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Taylor, Norma
Mary "Beatrice" Rutledge
B: 1919-06-08
D: 2017-06-12
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Rutledge, Mary "Beatrice"

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