Great-grandmother's scathing obituary goes viral

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The obituary has spread on social media due to its shockingly harsh critique of the deceased woman. Photo credit: News.com.au

A scathing obituary summarisng the life of a great-grandmother has left some family members distraught at the character assassination.

The obituary spread on social media due to its shockingly harsh critique of the Florida woman.

Cornelia June Rogers Miller, 82, died in February, but four months later a caustic obituary, which is believed to be plagiarised, was published in a North Carolina newspaper, where she had a summer home.

The Cherokee Scout published the death notice which read, "We speak for the majority of her family when we say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed, and there will be no lamenting over her passing."

It also stated that "drugs were a major love in her life as June had no hobbies, made no contribution to society and rarely shared a kind word or deed in her life."

"Please let June Miller's life be a cautionary tale. Addiction and hatred are no es bueno for the living. We speak for the majority of her family when we say her presence will not be missed by many, very few tears will be shed, and there will be no lamenting over her passing.

While the author of the notice hasn't been identified, a son of the deceased woman believes one of his sisters scribed the scathing legacy.

Ms Miller's eldest son Robert Miller Jr, 62, said the obituary was incorrect and blamed his sister.

WTVC reported Mr Miller Jr saying it was "unbelievable that my sisters would write this", but when the media outlet spoke to one of his sisters, she denied writing it.

The paper's publisher David Brown said "the family's will overrode the editor" when they were deciding whether to publish the obituary. 

Mr Brown would not identify who sent in the original obituary. 

However, it appears to have been plagiarised from an obituary for a woman named Dolores Aguilar published in California's Vallejo Times Herald in 2008. 

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