Husband’s ashes among items stolen from Wichita widow’s home

09/26/2012 5:30 PM

09/26/2012 5:31 PM

An 88-year-old Wichita woman had planned to be buried someday with the ashes of her late husband.

But that isn’t likely to happen now. Someone broke into her home near 21st and West streets while she was attending church Sunday morning and stole jewelry, money and the urn containing the ashes.

“If they had walked up to the door, my mother would have given them money,” J.E. Kelly said Wednesday. “She’s a true Christian. She’s a sweet person.”

Kelly didn’t want her mother’s name or address used for safety reasons.

The stolen jewelry included the wedding rings of Kelly’s mother and grandmother. Also taken was a collection of commemorative state quarters from all 50 states that her mother was going to give to her seven grandchildren.

“They can keep all of that and the money,” Kelly said. “But if anyone has my father, I’d really like him back. I don’t know how else to say that.

“You stole my dead father’s ashes.”

The widow had kept her husband’s ashes since he died more than 20 years ago. The ashes were kept in an etched metal box that is gold in color and about 6 inches by 10 inches.

Kelly’s concern is that the thief or thieves will open the box, realize what’s inside and just toss it in a dumpster.

Wichita police have told her they don’t have any leads on the case, she said.

Police Lt. Doug Nolte said anyone who knows about the box or finds it should call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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