Emo­tional farewell for fam­ily

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shan­non Hamp­ton

To the play­ful sound of the Wig­gles song Three Lit­tle Mon­keys, lol­lipops were handed out to mourn­ers yes­ter­day as they paid trib­ute to three lit­tle girls al­legedly mur­dered by their fa­ther last month along with their mother and grand­mother.

About 200 peo­ple at­tended an emo­tional fu­neral ser­vice to farewell three-year-old Char­lotte, twoyear-old twins Alice and Beatrix, and their mother Mara Har­vey, who were al­legedly killed by An­thony Robert Har­vey at their Bed­ford home on Septem­ber 3.

Ms Har­vey’s mother Bev­er­ley Quinn, 73, who was al­legedly at­tacked and mur­dered by her sonin-law when she ar­rived at the fam­ily’s home the next day, was laid to rest at the same ser­vice.

Each of their cas­kets — pale pink for Char­lotte, Alice and Beatrix and white for Ms Har­vey and Mrs Quinn — were adorned with fresh flow­ers, a pho­to­graph and items of sig­nif­i­cance to each.

Mrs Quinn had a cro­cheted blan­ket and a ball of wool — sym­bol­is­ing her love for cre­at­ing hand­made gifts, such as the blan­kets she made for her six grand­chil­dren.

There was an en­cy­clopae­dia for Ms Har­vey be­cause she loved to travel.

On the chil­dren’s cas­kets were teddy bears and toys left by the com­mu­nity out­side their home.

In a touch­ing eu­logy, Mrs Quinn’s daugh­ter Taryn Tottman re­counted anec­dotes from her mother’s child­hood and de­scribed her as a strong, com­pas­sion­ate and hard­work­ing woman who loved to help her fam­ily.

Ms Tottman said her elder sis­ter was a great mum who “al­ways gave the chil­dren ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to learn, to love and to just do things like swim­ming and gym­nas­tics”.

Char­lotte was re­mem­bered as a “con­fi­dent, bub­bly, out­go­ing lit­tle girl” and an in­tel­li­gent, old soul.

“We are now left in a world that is a lit­tle qui­eter, less en­er­getic and a lot less bub­bly now that our sweet lit­tle Char­lotte had gone, but she will cer­tainly be re­mem­bered with a happy heart,” Ms Tottman said.

Alice was re­mem­bered for her cheeky smile and while Beatrix was the qui­eter twin, she was just as mis­chievous.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

AMara Har­vey’s sis­ter Taryn Tottman light­ing can­dles.

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