Ipswich's farewell to Allison
IPSWICH will play host to a celebration of the life of murdered mother-of-three Allison Baden-Clay with a funeral service in St Paul's Anglican Church.
Acknowledging her family's long connection to the city, Mrs Baden-Clay's final public farewell will be in the inner-city church on Friday.
Allison grew up in Ipswich, living with her parents Geoff and Priscilla Dickie in Spencer St, Redbank and going to Redbank State School and Ipswich Girls' Grammar.
On April 19 she went missing from the Brookfield home she shared with her husband Gerard and their three daughters.
Police launched a murder inquiry after the 43-year-old former beauty queen and businesswoman's body was found in a creek last Monday.
Reverend Bev Bell from Allison's home parish will conduct the funeral, assisted by Archdeacon Fred Ailwood of St Paul's Church.
"They are Ipswich people and it's a very sad situation that she should be murdered by somebody or somebodies yet unknown," Archdeacon Ailwood said.
"I know Bev and I will try to do our very best on Friday to be comforting to the people involved.
"We approach it very sad because someone has deliberately taken her life away from her family, husband and children.
"You just have to do the best you can to try and make sense of what is a senseless situation."
Ipswich funeral director John McKeon's First Forest Funerals is coordinating Allison's service.
Mr McKeon said Allison's family would draw strength from public support at her funeral.
"There's certainly been an awful lot of community support for Allison's parents and her husband and children, and I'm sure they would be very grateful for that," he said.
"It is going to be a sad occasion, yet one where people will express their support by their presence.
"I think the main motivation is how do we best honour Allison, from a family point of view. Certainly Geoff and Priscilla have been working tirelessly in terms of planning Friday's celebration.
"At the same time, Gerard her husband has been in contact and in the loop as well, so everyone's making a contribution to make this celebration worthy of a loving daughter, wife and mother."