Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Shallow grave woman laid to rest

Karen Edwards walks past the coffin of her daughter Becky Godden-Edwards
Two young mourners wearing pink for the funeral of Becky Godden-Edwards
The coffin of Becky Godden-Edwards leaves Christ Church, Old Town, Swindon

Mourners wore pink as they said goodbye to a "glamorous" young woman whose body lay undiscovered in a shallow grave for at least five years.

The remains of Becky Godden-Edwards, who would have been 29 in April this year, were found in a remote part of the Cotswolds by detectives investigating the death of 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan.

About 200 people attended the funeral at Christ Church in Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Members of Miss Godden-Edwards' family wore pink flowers and had tied pink and white ribbons to their cars. Many other friends and family wore pink items of clothing at the request of Miss Godden-Edwards' mother, Karen Edwards.

Mrs Edwards had told friends and family she would like them to wear black for mourning, but also to don pink, because that was one of her daughter's favourite colours.

Miss Godden-Edwards' family comforted each other as they arrived before the service.

When the hearse drew up it was adorned with floral tributes that spelled the words "Becky" and "LuLu".

Mrs Edwards, wearing a black hat and a pink flower, wept as she watched the white wicker coffin, covered with white and pink flowers, being carried into the church.

During the service a poem was read to the congregation by Miss Godden-Edwards' cousin, Laura, who described her as "so glamorous with your long blonde hair and heels".

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