Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Couple Victim of Cruel Thieves

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Couple Victim of Cruel Thieves

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Byline: Damian Bathersby

IT can be hard enough for Dudley and Patricia Cotterill to enjoy Christmas Day at the best of times - they don't need heartless thieves ruining it for them.

The Nambour couple lost their daughter Rebecca to a rare cancer on Christmas Day, 2002.

She was just 25 when she died while living in Amsterdam with her partner and their baby daughter.

Half her ashes are in Holland but the Cotterills brought the remainder home and buried them at the base of a liquid amber tree in the beautiful and peaceful Kulangoor Cemetery.

"She's at peace with nature and the angels out there," explains her mum.

The plaque which carries Rebecca's photo is also adorned with angels and other ornaments.

It has now become a family tradition to start Christmas Day with a visit to light a candle, leave some flowers and spend some "quality time with Bec".

But when they arrived on Thursday they found a cruel thief had paid a visit and made off with a special lantern they recently bought so Bec's candles wouldn't blow out in the breeze. …

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