Loving couple robbed of their one final wish
AN Adelaide woman kept the ashes of her beloved husband close by for a quarter of a century - determined to have them scattered beside her when she died.
But tragically, Mary Smith has now passed away and is likely to be laid to rest alone after thieves stole a safe containing the urn with her husband’s ashes.
The theft from the Davoren Park house built by Mary and her late husband, Peter, has left her family devastated.
Daughters Tracey and Sarah Smith are now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the return of their dad’s ashes and a conviction for the theft.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” Tracey said. “It was mum and dad’s greatest wish that they be laid to rest together.
“I don’t care about all the other stuff they’ve taken, I just can’t bear the thought of not being able to follow through with their final wishes.”
The ashes of Mary, who died in December, were also at the house but weren’t stolen.
The sisters planned to scatter the couple’s ashes together during a ceremony in late July when Tracey, who now lives in Hobart, returned to Adelaide.
Thieves jemmied open the back door and searched the property, taking the safe, pictures and other valuables.
“They absolutely trashed the place and pulled everything out of all the cupboards and boxes,” Tracey said.
“I just hope, if I offer a $10,000 reward that maybe someone will dob somebody in. It’s my last hope.”
Father Peter died from a heart attack, aged 52.
“Mum had kept those ashes for over 25 years waiting for when she passed,” Tracey said.
“Mum never even thought about having another partner.
“When dad passed he was the only one for her and that was it.”
Peter, who served as a police officer for 25 years, was a well-loved member of the community, and the couple opened their home to underprivileged children in the area.
The home was broken into on May 18. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.