I would read a million of these everyday people remembrances if the NY Times (or anyone) would write them. (Of course they have obituaries, but these put them in regular feature-story form.)
I'm just so much more interested in what everyday people did in their lives for the most part than the uber-rich and famous. The WW II artilleryman who survived by doing the unsafe thing, the mother whose children had to decide what to do with a six-foot modeling portrait of her in a bridal gown, the man who fought back against the violent all-night pubs of his town. Fascinating.