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Heartfelt Obituary Examples for Mothers

Michele Meleen
Obituary for mothers

Browsing obituary examples for a mother can help you write a touching tribute to the life of the woman who gave you life. If you're too grief-stricken to write something from scratch or just don't feel like you have the right words, a mom obituary template can be a great place to start.

Sample Obituaries for Mothers

Most sample obituary formats follow a standard sequence that is chronological. An obituary for a mother can deviate from this format and focus on her role as a mom rather than a timeline of her life.

Sample Obituary for a Single Mom

For a single mom's obituary, you can focus on her kids and the rest of her family just as you would for any married woman.

Elsa Ann Wattsburg, age 45, died in an accident on April 3, 2020. She is survived by her three children, who made up the entirety of her world, Gregory (age 9), Matilda (age 7), and Max (age 5). Elsa was a 1993 graduate of Correl Central School. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Psychology. She was an avid bike rider who enjoyed doing anything outdoors, especially if it was with her kids.
Besides her children, Elsa is survived by her parents, Rob and Cindy Wattsburg, her sister Anna, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Viewings will be held at Trinity Church in Houston on Friday, April 7th from 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be held the following day at 11 a.m. Burial services will be private for immediate family, but a potluck lunch will be served for all in the church basement at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward Elsa's children's future.

Sample Obituary for a Stay-at-Home Mom

A stay at home mom might not have an extensive professional background to list and might prefer a shorter obituary if she didn't like a lot of attention.

Our precious mother, Mary Sue Britten, passed away on Saturday, November 3rd, 2019. She devoted her life to her children, leaving her position as secretary at the village office when her first child was born. Mary Sue never wanted to be the center of attention, so her services will be private for immediate family members only. Friends wishing to honor Mary Sue are invited to make a donation in her name to their local children's hospitals, child care centers, and motherhood organizations.

Sample Mother Obituary With Poem

Choose a funeral poem for a mom to use as the obituary introduction, or obituary poem, then add the standard information.

Your Hug Meant the World
Nobody else held me so tight
Or made me feel so right
No one's eyes shined so bright with love
As my mom, who is now high above.
- Tamsen Butler

The world lost a beloved mother, Jan Kim, on July 25, 2018. Jan battled breast cancer, but it never stopped her from giving out the best hugs. Jan died in her home surrounded by her children, Jeff, Jessie, and Jean. Jan was born in Maytown, MO on December 2, 1968. She claims to have learned everything she knew from her own loving parents, Jack and Jennifer Kim.

Jan worked as a kindergarten teacher so she could be around kids forever. Her colleagues knew her as a kind soul, always willing to cheer kids up with hugs. Jan is survived by her brother Jet and her sister Jessa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, and both her parents.

Friends are invited to say a final goodbye to Jan at Hope Funeral Home in Mayfield, NY on July 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. The family will have a private funeral per Jan's wishes.

Mother Obituary Template

Honor your mom with an obituary that focuses on her love for her children and her role as a mother before all the other necessary information is included. You can personalize this free obituary template by filling in the blanks with information specific to your mother. Click on the version of the template you want to use, then download and print.

Microsoft Word Obituary Template for Mother

Click on the Word template image to open the template. Download the template, then click "open" to open it in Microsoft Word. You may need to click "enable editing" in Word to customize the template.

Word Obituary Template for Mother

PDF Obituary Template for Mother

Click on the obituary template PDF image to download, edit, and print your obituary. Use the troubleshooting guide if you need help.

PDF Obituary Template for Mother

Obituary Examples for Famous Moms

The obituaries of famous women who were devoted moms can serve as great inspiration for your mom's obituary.

Obituary Example for a Mom Who Died of Cancer

Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal's obituary weaves together her love of writing and her love for her children. It gives examples of how it was with her children that she discovered her desire to write for a living and even authored books with her kids. These examples are seamlessly mixed in with professional accomplishments so the entire piece reads like a great story.

Funny Mom Obituary That Is Still Heartfelt

Mary Stocks' kids wrote her a hilarious obituary in 2015 that went viral for its funny honesty. Her kids thought of their mom's personality and used that as the basis for an obituary they believe she would have loved. They shared fun memories like the fact that she bequeathed back to each of her kids all the things they had ever given her.

Saying Goodbye to Mom

Writing an obituary is never easy, but it can be particularly challenging when it's for your mother. If you keep your mom in mind, you'll find the right tone and words for her final, public goodbye.

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Heartfelt Obituary Examples for Mothers