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Re: seeking OBITUARY for January 2002
Posted by: Laurel H. Hackley (ID *****4349) Date: March 08, 2003 at 22:54:46
In Reply to: seeking OBITUARY for January 2002 by Kathye [Payne] Upham of 505

I don't know the answers to your query; however, I know how you may find the answer. You could write to the Dept. of Vital Statistics in Austin, Texas and send them $11.00 (that was the charge the last time I got a death certificate). The death certificate usually provides the name of the funeral home and where the person is buried, etc. Beaumont has many cemetaries and Magnolia is one of the largest. When a person dies, the family may place an obit. in the paper of the city where they lived, Refugio in your case and maybe also the largest town near where they were from, Beaumont. The Tyrrell Library in Beaumont is devoted to genealogy research and I know the staff there could assist you.
An obituary is not a requirement and some families elect not to have one. One of my uncles died and his wife & son did not want to pay the price of placing the obit. in the Houston paper. I paid for one as He was special to me & was very active participant in community affairs (Chief of the Vol. Fire Dept.; Pres. of school board, church deacon, etc.) and I wanted the world to know how active a participant he was. Some of the local weekly papers will print obit.'s at no charge provided you furnish the information.

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