Emotional farewell for family
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.
AMara Harvey’s sister Taryn Tottman lighting candles.