Memorial service for mum of five

THIS is the first picture of a mother-of-five found dead at her Suffolk home - released by her grieving family to mark a poignant memorial service held in her honour.

THIS is the first picture of a mother-of-five found dead at her Suffolk home - released by her grieving family to mark a poignant memorial service held in her honour.

Joanne Morley died from a blow to her head prior to the discovery of her body at Eagle Walk, in Bury St Edmunds, on June 24.

Her husband, Anthony Morley, has been charged with her murder.

Yesterday afternoon, devastated friends and family of the much-loved 42-year-old - including her father, John, who travelled from Scotland for the ceremony - gathered in St Mary's Church, in Bury, to pay tribute to Mrs Morley and to celebrate her life.


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Speaking at the ceremony, the Reverend Malcolm Rogers said Mrs Morley was a “really lovely person who would have done anything for anyone”.

He said: “I am sure there are many different emotions; of confusion, of grief, of anger, of loss.

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“A hole has been left in our lives and it all seems so futile and pointless, and so many different lives have been devastated by what happened.”

Mrs Morley, who was born in Dundee in 1965 as one of nine children, moved to Bury ten years ago.

She was well-known throughout the pubs in town, having worked at the Spread Eagle and other places as a barmaid, before getting a job at Arco - a safety clothing and equipment supplier on the Moreton Hall Industrial Estate in Bury.

Most of those present at the emotional service wept as Simply the Best by Tina Turner, and Mariah Carey's Without You were played.

Mr Morley, 42, has had his case adjourned until September 21, when a plea and case management hearing is scheduled to take place at Ipswich Crown Court.

A 23-year-old man, also arrested in connection with Mrs Morley's death, has been told by police he faces no further action.

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