Woman's last wishes for ashes to be granted after 26 years

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Kathleen Etty-Leal had wanted her ashes scattered on the hills north of Newtown, her daughter said

A woman's wish to have her ashes scattered on the Welsh hills is set to be fulfilled 26 years after her death.

Kathleen Etty-Leal died in Worcestershire with her ashes buried at a local church in 1993.

But a judge granted consent for them to be exhumed so her wishes to have them scattered in Powys could be honoured.

A Church of England Consistory Court was told her ashes had been buried "at the insistence" of a former daughter-in-law.

However, the marriage between one of Mrs Etty-Leal's sons and his wife had ended, which prompted Mrs Etty Leal's daughter Sarah Worboys to make the request to the court.

It was told Mrs Etty-Leal wanted her ashes scattered on the hills north of Newtown, where her ancestors come from, even though they were interred at St Bartholomew's churchyard in Naunton Beauchamp, Worcestershire.

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Her ashes were buried in St Bartholomew's churchyard in Naunton Beauchamp

Charles Mynors, chancellor of the diocese of Worcester, in his role as a judge of the court, ruled that although he considered it a "borderline" case, he believed the circumstances were sufficiently exceptional for him to grant permission for exhumation and pave the way for Mrs Etty-Leal's wishes to be honoured.

He said no-one had been able to explain to him why the views of the daughter-in-law prevailed over those of Mrs Etty-Leal's four children.

The chancellor said other members of the family backed Mrs Worboy's request, saying they remembered Mrs Etty-Leal speaking of her wishes for her ashes to be spread over the Welsh hills, and her adding that she was claustrophobic and did not wanted them putting underground.

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