Mourners packed Mintlyn crematorium at King’s Lynn on Monday morning for the funeral of murdered Wisbech pensioner Una Crown.
Conducting the service in the packed chapel the Rev Ryk Parkinson from Wisbech St Mary Church spoke of Mrs Crown’s life and paid tribute to her as a devoted wife to her late husband Ron and to her family as a whole.
He said everyone’s life must come to an end but the manner of Una’s passing had brought “shock and dismay” to her family and the community at large.
“Una lived a good life of 86 years brought to an end by one barbaric act,” said Mr Parkinson, as he outlined Mrs Crown’s life, growing up in Elm and running the village Post office with Ron before they moved to the bungalow in Magazine Lane, where she was murdered early in January.
Mr Parkinson, who personally knew Mrs Crown and her family described how she had lived a full, active and happy life, enjoying trips out with her husband and later with family members.
She also enjoyed musicals, which was bourne out by her patronage of Wisbech Amateur Operatic Society, and also was a regular churchgoer in Elm.
The service, which included one hymn ‘In heavenly love abiding’, concluded with a blessing.
After the service Mr Parkinson spoke of his hope that the family would be able to find some closure and dwell on the good of Mrs Crown’s life and rather than the horror of her death.
There was just a handful of floral tributes, a large arrangement of ivory and cream flowers including lilies signed from all the family and a crown made of white and red chrysanthemums signed from Terry and Joan and family and Tracey and family. Donations were asked for in Mrs Crown’s memory for Help the Heroes.
It was revealed this week that a second post mortem showed Mrs Crown was already dead when her clothing was set alight during the brutal attack, which happened sometime over the weekend of January 12 and 13.
A £10,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers for information leading the arrest and conviction of Mrs Crown’s killer and anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555111.
A 58-year-old man arrested at the end of January on suspicion of murder was later released on bail until April 2 pending further enquiries.