Family unveil final resting place for ‘Queen of the Gypsies’ Ruby
THE travelling community has said a final goodbye to the “Queen of the Gypsies” as they gathered at her “incredible” resting place.
The family and close friends of Ruby Pearl Marshall gathered for an emotional farewell as the last stone was laid at her grave yesterday.
Mrs Marshall, who was described by her family as the “Queen of the Gypsies”, died in May last year aged 78.
The pensioner, who had 52 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, lived in Merthyr Tydfil for the last 25 years of her life.
Family, friends and members of the travelling community stood around her grave in Pontypridd’s Glyntaff Cemetery to say a final goodbye.
The grave has a large black headstone with gold angels and four other black stones in the shape of hearts with messages from her four children.
It is understood to have cost about £40,000.
At the centre of the grave is a picture of Mrs Marshall with her Yorkshire terrier Freeway, and the headstone is dedicated to the “loving memory” of a “beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother”.
Pink and white balloons were placed at the side of the grave and a series of floral tributes, including one in the shape of a dog, were laid in front of it.
A short service was held at the cemetery yesterday led by Father Mark Prevett who carried out a blessing and described the grave as an “incredible piece of artwork”.
“It’s a very fitting tribute to the life and the family of Ruby,” he said.
Music was then played from a nearby car including Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, Jim Brickman’s A Mother’s Love and Westlife’s You Raise Me Up.
Speaking after the service, Mrs Marshall’s son Mario said: “There’s not a lot you can say that hasn’t been said about her already. She gave us all the best through her life so we are trying to do exactly the same for her.
“The way I look at life is this. You’re not here forever, but you are missed forever. Ruby was a wonderful woman and we did all we could do for her, but it still wasn’t enough because she did so much for us.”
Speaking about her resting place, he said: “It looks as it does as we all got together and decided on the things we wanted on the grave.
“We came here today because all of the family wanted to be here when the last piece of the stone was put on, and it was a truly lovely service in tribute to her.
“The funeral directors have been very good all the way through and have done a marvellous job.”