Funeral Home Receives National Award


Messinger Payson Funeral Home is a recipient of the 2005 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Pursuit of Excellence Eagle award.

The award honors funeral homes for outstanding service to families, community involvement, technical abilities and professional integrity.


Patrick and Wendy Wright, along with their son, William, attended the NFDA Convention in Nashville, Tenn. and received the Pursuit of Excellence Eagle Award on behalf of Messinger Payson Funeral Home. NFDA President Mark Musgrove presented the award. This is the third consecutive year that Messinger Payson Funeral Home has received this award.

"Pursuit of Excellence funeral homes are committed to the highest level of service to families," said NFDA Chief Executive Officer Christine Pepper, CAE.

"In addition, they demonstrate quality community relations programs and leadership within the funeral service profession."

Achieving a Pursuit of Excellence award requires that a funeral home meet strict quality service criteria in nine categories of achievement.

Categories include: education, compassionate service, technical skills, community and professional service, library or media resources, professional development, in-house staff training, and public and community relations.

NFDA is the leading funeral service association, serving more than 20,000 individual members who represent 11,000 funeral homes in the United States and other countries. From its headquarters in Brookfield, Wis., and its Advocacy Office in Washington, D.C., NFDA provides advocacy, education, information, products, programs and services to help members enhance the quality of service to families. For more information, visit

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