Passions about the US presidential election are so strong, they are being heard from beyond the grave.

A Virginia newspaper became the latest to publish an obituary that mentions the current campaign.

"Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God," reads the obit published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Noland died on Monday of lung cancer, according to her husband, Jim Noland.

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He was quoted by a local television station as saying one of their sons wrote the obituary's opening line.

Noland said it was meant more as a way for the children to carry on their mother's sense of humour than as a parting shot at either candidate.

- DPA, AAP