The Virginia woman who died to avoid voting in the 2016 election (according to her obit)
The death notice of a 68-year-old Virginia woman who passed away in May 2016 claimed she died to avoid the increasingly likely choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election.
“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday,” the obituary read.
Husband Jim Noland said that one of their sons penned the political line and that it wasn't a shot at either candidate, but rather a way give a nod to Mary Anne's wicked sense of humor. (Source)
The man who was remembered in his own words—and went viral
Scranton, Pennsylvania resident Richard Somers made a lot of new friends two days after his passing in 2016, because of the unusual way his obituary was written—in the first person.
Somers' son Rick Jr. was the actual author, but family, friends—and even strangers—feel he captured his dad's spirit accordingly and the post went viral. The obit ends with a final wish to the reader, "I wish you all well in life, I hope you experience the joy and love I have come to know." The family believes their dad definitely would have liked all the attention. (Source)
The family dispute that made it into a mother's obituary
"She is survived by her Son, 'A.J.,' who loved and cared for her; Daughter 'Ninfa,' who betrayed her trust, and Son 'Peter,' who broke her heart."
The line revealed a long-standing rift between Angelo "A.J." Anello, who wrote and placed the obituary, and his two siblings—particularly his sister. Angelo, then 63, and sister Ninfa, then 65, accused each other of stealing from their mother. Both siblings denied the other's allegations but agreed on one thing—brother Peter cut himself off from the family more than 25 years ago and speaks to no one.
The rest of the family was devastated by the public airing of dirty laundry—let's hope they've patched things up since. (Life's too short, guys!) (Source)