The things you see in an obituary
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:23:51 PM
I am not trying to be disrespectful, this just struck me as odd.

I'm sure she was a lovely woman. She died at the age of 96. It was the last line that got me.

"Mrs. Lee was a retired wholesale narcotics distributor."

I sure hope none of the grandchildren were in on the retail side of things.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:26:47 PM
I see why it struck you as odd, but I do believe some narcotics are available with a prescription.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:29:02 PM
Well, someone has to supply narcotics. I don't see what's wrong with it. That's what she did in life.

I suppose the funeral home director could have suggested "wholesale pharmaceuticals distributor," but it would have been different from the way the family remembered her. Maybe there is some inside family joke in there?



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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:31:15 PM

Maybe there is some inside family joke in there?


I guess I should have said funny instead of odd. I hope there is an inside joke because it is kind of funny.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:25:33 PM
I imagine/hope there is an inside joke, too.

Best obit I ever read was this one;

Confessions/humorous obit



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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:23:38 PM
I found that funny:"a retired wholesale narcotics distributor"


And the humor obit was great! Made me wish I knew the guy...


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Posted: 2/2/2013 4:56:34 AM
Maybe she provided narcotics to pharmacies from the manufacturer? There are tons of prescription narcotics.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 5:38:30 AM



Well, someone has to supply narcotics. I don't see what's wrong with it. That's what she did in life.

I suppose the funeral home director could have suggested "wholesale pharmaceuticals distributor," but it would have been different from the way the family remembered her. Maybe there is some inside family joke in there?



I agree with this.
Man, as old as she was, she must have been one of the very FIRST Pharma Girls!



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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:23:02 AM
Erin, I loved that guys obit. WOW. And the end, about stealing years from his wife because he smoked? Powerful.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:25:25 AM
An odd profession that's for sure.

A few years ago it wasn't the obituary but the picture of the man that had my entire workplace talking. He was wearing a baseball cap in the obit picture and what was written on the hat?

"Eat More Pussy!"

We laughed so hard and spent the day wondering if that was an accident that perhaps his family didn't realize what the hat said or if was intentional.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:29:15 AM
Not so odd. That is my dh's job title as he works for a multinational pharmaceutical company. I do joke that he is a drug dealer when people ask what he does though.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:39:57 AM
My "inside humour" is when the person is over 85 years (considered to be average age for death by stats), the word "suddenly" is used.

Both my parents passed in their very early 70's (cancer), so to use the word "suddenly" makes me smile inside.

I am so glad that the families were able to enjoy their elders in their elder years (85 yrs +) & for some reason, that word makes me smile.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:38:45 AM
I think it was meant to be funny. Maybe everyone in the family knew they could get whatever they needed from grandma's medicine cabinet or something.

I see alot of poorly written obits now that the newspaper doesn't write them anymore. I have written my own; most detailed unknown at this point


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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:52:57 AM
Best obit I have ever read:

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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:05:29 AM

"Mrs. Lee was a retired wholesale narcotics distributor."



I think it's humerous. It's petty clear that the deceased worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

However, it could mean that Granny was the head of a drug ring.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:17:18 AM
I'd think it was hugely funny, and so would my Grandma, if her obituary said she was a wholesale narcotics distributor.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 10:58:22 AM
My first thought was "What's the big deal. She distributed controlled substances to the pharmacies". If your mind first went to illegal drugs I can see where it would be funny. Might be something you see when the do "funny headlines" type of thing on the late night talk shows.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:18:59 AM
I guess I'm boring/ I think it was her job. The last line is often the person's occupation. I would like it to be more interesting but I just think it was her occupation.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:31:16 AM
I think it was probably a joke.

I just don't think a 94 year old lady would have ever had a job as a pharmaceutics distributor. It is unlikely she would have ever been hired into that type of job within her working lifetime. Not impossible, just unlikely.






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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:34:58 AM
I wish I'd kept a copy of this one obit I saw...I sent it in to Leno and he read it for Monday night "headlines". Some quite elderly gentleman named John had passed away and the viewing time was listed.....honest to God, it said "come see Jack in the box!" I still laugh at that.

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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:32:17 PM
My friend does that for a living. I don't think that's her title. She's more considered a sales rep... but yeah, that's what she does. She majored in chemistry and has worked for a few different big drug companies.



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Posted: 2/2/2013 12:39:17 PM
IowaGirl, now I'm wishing I had met Ed as well...


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