by Bailey Haack
I looked at the obituary for Dorothy Young from the New York Times. Young was Harry Houdini's stage assistant from 1925 till his death in 1926.
The sources used in the obituary include Dick Brookz, curator of the Harry Houdini Museum, an interview from a 1999 documentary from PBS, and Young's granddaughter Barbara Price.
The story does not use a standard news lead to start. It sets a scene and tells a story before getting to the point of the story. It works because it adds interest and pulls the reader interest in.
The obit is much different than a resume in that it is more interesting to read and has more background information. It is not simply a list of her accomplishments, but rather an interesting timeline of the bigger moments of her life.