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Notable Deaths | May 05, 2015

Ellen Albertini Dow

Ellen Albertini Dow, a feisty character actress known best for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer," has died. She was 101.

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In The News | May 06, 2015

Green Funerals & Natural Burials

As a ‘green funeral’ trend grows in popularity, more people are planning burials that emphasize an organic return to the earth.

Michael Rollins-Jones
Michael Jared Rollins-Jones was a fighter at...
Ben E. King
NEW YORK (AP) - Ben E. King, the unforgettable...
Jack Ely
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jack Ely, the singer known...
John Justus
JUSTUS John P. John P. Justus, age 88,...
Johnny Kemp
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Bahamian R&B singer...
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Of all the roles I've played none has been as fulfilling as being a mother.
-Annette Funicello
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Grief Support | May 06, 2015

Funeral & Memorial Etiquette

Advice from experts on funeral and mourning etiquette.

This Week in History | May 06, 2015

May 3 - 10, 2015

We took a look in the history books to learn who made news this week in history. View today’s notables or browse through other dates.

Did You Know? Ancient Greeks and Romans placed a coin in the mouth of the deceased as payment to the ferryman Charon for passage across the river Styx to the afterlife.
Funny Obituaries Obituaries usually inspire tears, but a few unique souls would rather make us laugh.
Inspirational Lives
Emily Debrayda Phillips
She wrote her own funny, bittersweet obituary. It’s been shared across the world.
Jefferson Jones (JJ) Baskin
The philanthropist inspired thousands with his valiant fight against cancer.
Rhoda Winkler
The chief puppeteer of Howdy Doody, she delighted audiences.
Eugene Patton
A stagehand who became “Gene-Gene the Dancing Machine” on "The Gong Show."
Karen Ferry
She left a gift for loved ones with a touching self-written obituary.
Oren Miller
Proud of his role as an at-home dad, Oren Miller helped others find their voice.
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
-Audrey Hepburn
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