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When Mary Stocks died at age 94, she left a bunch of things to her children that, frankly, they didn’t want.

So instead they used the junk to create a tribute to their mother, in the form of a delightfully funny obituary. “She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and sons who have no idea what to do with it,” the obituary reads. “So if you’re looking for 2 extremely large TV’s from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren’t sure what they’re used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine.”

Mary’s son, Sandy Stocks, told why he decided to write such a unique obituary: “Everything I could think of about my mother was funny. I didn’t want to write a really boring obituary,” he said. “I did it more for my family, so they would have something to remember her that would be fun.”

He said he thinks his mother who, according to the obituary, loved to swear and was a terrible cook, (“If anyone would like a copy of her homemade gravy, we would suggest you don’t”), would laugh if she read it. “I think she would appreciate it.”

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