Give me another candidate or give me death. The funny obituary of a 68-year-old Virginia woman who passed away on Sunday, May 15, 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, which was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Tuesday, May 17.
Her husband, Jim Noland, told local news station NBC12 that one of their sons penned the political line, and that it wasn’t a shot at either candidate, but rather a way to carry on Mary Anne's sense of humor. His wife passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.
This isn’t the first eulogy to mention America’s very fraught politics in recent months. The obituary of a 70-year-old Pittsburgh man, Jeffrey Cohen, who passed away in January, asked his friends to refrain from voting for Trump. “Jeffrey would ask that in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump,” the obit in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette read.
The votes-instead-of-flowers request seems to be a trend. A 34-year-old mother in Alabama, Katherine Michelle Hinds, also requested no Trump votes in her obituary in the Opelika-Auburn News, which was posted earlier in May. “She was a Blue, southern girl from a Red, southern state,” it read.
On the other hand, Carl Crocetti, a 62-year-old Massachusetts man, made a dying wish to his family for Donald Trump to become president. “Carl requested in lieu of flowers that people elect NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election in November,” his obituary on the Farley Funeral Home website said in the May 1 posting.
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