Mourners gathered to celebrate the life of beloved grandmother Pamela Jackson.
The 55-year-old disappeared from her home in The Crescent at Chester-le-Street, County Durham, in March. Police eventually found her body on moorland in West Yorkshire in May.
Her partner Adrian Muir, 50, of Calder Terrace, Halifax, West Yorkshire, was charged with her murder before her body was found.
Yesterday, during a service at Mountsett Crematorium in Stanley, Pamela’s youngest son Joe played guitar and sang an emotional song written specially for his mum.
Mourners dressed in colourful clothing to celebrate the mother-of-three’s life, as readings were given by her sisters Jeanette, Marion and Deborah, her granddaughter Stacey Armstrong and son Andrew.
She was described as someone “who grabbed life with both hands” and who “lived life to the full”.
In a statement on behalf of the family, Pam’s nephew Paul Gilroy said: “Pamela was a larger than life character that if you met her once you would not forget her.
“She always found the funny side of things and would often have you in a fit of laughter. Pamela will be a big, big miss to all the family and those that know her.
“The family would like to praise the work of Durham and Yorkshire constabularies and search teams and thank them for giving us the opportunity to be able to say goodbye to our dearest loved one.”
Flowers weaved around Pamela’s white wicker coffin, which arrived at the crematorium in a white VW camper van.
Songs, including Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere, the Diana Ross song I’m Still Waiting and the T Rex classic Get It On were played, while a slideshow of pictures from Pamela’s life was shown to the congregation.
Friends and family smiled as stories from her life were read out.
The family thanked Durham and West Yorkshire police forces for bringing their loved one “home” and instead of funeral flowers they asked donations to be made to the West Yorkshire search teams. They also wanted the service to be a celebration of her life and so friends and family applauded as her coffin left the service.
Family flowers were placed outside the crematorium and one message from her sister Jeanette read: “It’s so sad and tragic that you were taken from us in this way.
“You’ll be so missed by everyone. I’ve got lovely memories of us four girls growing up. You’ll never be forgotten. I hope you’re at peace and can look down on us. You’ll see how much you were cared for, Pamela. You will always be in our hearts.”
Pamela was reported missing by her son, Joe, 21, five days after she vanished on March 2.