Fam­ily un­veil fi­nal rest­ing place for ‘Queen of the Gyp­sies’ Ruby

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.”

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