Funny, generous, fierce: interesting obituaries

A few months ago, Katie shared with you some interesting obituaries she’s come across. Sometimes these are funny, sometimes inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking. Today, it’s my turn to share a few obituaries that have caught my eye in recent months:

*Debby Lynn Underwood Gross “loved to laugh… at the expense of etiquette and decorum.” Her obituary includes instructions for her funeral (“Two-drink minimum”) and praises her “knack for ‘stirring the pot.'”

*Dr. Alan Freid treated the desperately poor citizens of Harlan County, Kentucky – not to make a buck off their misfortune, but because he loved to help others. Read on to find out some of the unusual payment methods his patients used.

*Myra Lee Martinez saved her mother’s life by donating a kidney, but she tragically died from complications after the surgery.

*Sue Newton-Small was born in Hong Kong and went on to live a truly international life. The obituary, written by her daughter, paints a picture of a woman who was fierce, brilliant, and beloved.

*Gene Miller was a Pulitzer Prize-winning newsman, a “master wordsmith” who wrote his own obituary.

To read other obituaries that have caught our attention, check out The Obit Report.

About Linnea

I joined in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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