Nellie Geraghty: People turn to pay tribute to killed widow
People in Oldham have turned out to pay tribute to a grandmother who died after being mugged for her handbag which contained her husband's ashes.
Nellie Geraghty, 79, was found with the bag's strap in her hand in an alley in Shaw on 24 November. She died of her injuries the following day.
Her funeral procession made its way through Shaw town centre earlier.
A 37-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed until 14 February.
Two boys also remain on police bail in connection with the incident.
The handbag has still not been recovered.
In a statement, Mrs Geraghty's family said: "Nellie was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, her life has been tragically cut short before her time.
"Her passing has left us all with the feeling of great sorrow and a gaping hole in our hearts.
"Nellie will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.
"As a family we would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and the public of Shaw for all their help and kind words which has been a great comfort to us."
The funeral procession was due to be followed by a private family funeral service at Hollinwood Crematorium, Failsworth.