5 Times Obituaries Had Political Requests — People Are Divided On Hillary Clinton Even After Death

A New Jersey woman who passed away last week had a very specific dying wish in mind. In her obituary, Elaine Fydrych of Runnemede, New Jersey, asked people not to vote for Hillary Clinton for president. It's a nontraditional request, but it's not actually that uncommon. Turns out, there are plenty of times obituaries had political requests as people make their final stance upon departing from the world.

The obituary, which was published in the South Jersey Times and online, reads, "Elaine requests, 'In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.'" Fydrych's husband, Joseph, told FoxNews.com that his wife wanted to make a serious request in a tongue-in-cheek way. What's more, plenty of people are taking her request to heart. People from across the country have commented on Fydrych's online guest book, vowing not to vote for Clinton and to spread the message to others.

Fydrych's political joke may reflect her knack for comedy. Her obituary says that she had previously performed stand-up comedy professionally, in addition to her various acting roles in musicals, commercials, and corporate videos. According the the obituary, she didn't have time to do it all and she had to cut back on her comedy work — but it seems she couldn't resist the opportunity to elicit one last laugh from her loved ones.

Hopefully, Clinton can take the joke. If she can't, well, at least she's not alone. As it turns out, using your obituary to make a political statement is a somewhat common idea.

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In fact, Fydrych isn't even the only one who has used an obituary to campaign against Clinton. In April, a North Carolina man's obituary read, "The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016." Larry Darrell Upright of Concord, North Carolina, was an "avid golfer" and a "diehard Republican."

Fortunately for Clinton, not all the jokes come at her expense. Also in April, just shortly after Upright's obituary made headlines, Blue Nation Review reported on a similar obituary — this time, asking for mourners to support Clinton in 2016. Betty Jo Lewis of Flatwoods, Kentucky, asked for charitable donations and a vote for Clinton.

Donations may be sent to Ashland Community Kitchen, where her grandson, Ryan, is executive director. Also, please vote for Hillary Clinton. Betty would really appreciate it, as she is surely disappointed she won't get the chance to do so.
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When it comes to politically themed obituaries, there are also those who don't care who you support, as long as you try to get rid of the person they don't like. In 2010, the family of Don Unsworth, a U.S. Air Force veteran and businessman from Georgia, asked that donations be sent to "the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012." Further back, in 2003, the obituary of Gertrude Jones, originally from Lebanon, Kentucky, asked that memorial gifts be made "to any organization that seeks the removal of President George Bush from office." (Consider yourself warned, Jeb.)

In some cases, the family chose to add the political joke, knowing that their deceased loved one would have appreciated the humor. In Fydrych's case, it sounds like she requested the note herself. Either way, it makes for a memorable last wish and a memorable election for the family.