Obit analysis

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I read the obituary of Arlene Anderson an educator at Minnehaha Academy. The reporter talked to her son, David, and Minnehaha Academy president Donna Harris. Harris also gathered a group of longtime academy educators to talk about Anderson including teacher Jan Johnson, teacher Phil Erickson and Jim Wald, finance and operations.

It has the standard obituary lead. It states her name, what she was known for, when and where she died and how old she was. I think the lead works just fine because the rest of the obituary is structured like a standard obituary.

The obituary is different from a resume because not only does it include her family history but also comments from people that knew her during her lifetime. The reporter uses theses comments to paint a picture of what kind of person Anderson was like in real life. Someone reading a resume wouldn't get that aspect.

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