Sister promises justice for Allison
Mourners gather in Ipswich to farewell Allison Baden-Clay, with her sister promising to bring the mother-of-three's killer to justice.PT0M0S 620 349
Slain mother-of-three Allison Baden-Clay has been remembered as a "high achiever, a model mum and an unselfish soul" by her family who vowed justice for their loved one who "left this earth under such horrific circumstances".
Eleven days after Mrs Baden-Clay's body was found and 22 days after she was reported missing, her family and friends farewelled the mother-of-three at the funeral attended by hundreds of people yesterday.
The disbelief and sadness was spoken of in eulogies.
The order of service for Allison Baden-Clay's funeral. brisbanetimes.com.au has pixellated the children's faces to protect their identity.
It was also written across the faces of her three daughters, Hannah, Sarah and Eleanora, and her husband, Gerard Baden-Clay, as he escorted the girls to their mother's casket to lay flowers and homemade cards during the service.
Mrs Baden-Clay's older sister Vanessa Fowler and younger brother Ashley Dickie delivered the eulogy, reflecting on the shock of the events that led them today to the pulpit of St Paul's Anglican Church in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.
"Allison, there are many questions that are unanswered, many pieces of a puzzle that need to be put together, and we your family pledge to you that we will have these questions answered," Mrs Fowler said as her voice began to crack.
Mourners gather outside St Paul's Anglican Church where Allison Baden-Clay's funeral is taking place. Photo: Michelle Smith
"We will bring you justice and you deserve nothing less.
"Why then? Why there? Why now? We cry, why did she die?
"The heavens are silent."
Students from Ispwich Girls Grammar School will form a guard of honour during Allison's Baden-Clay's funeral at St Paul's Anglican Church in Ipswich. Photo: Bridie Jabour
Mrs Baden-Clay was reported missing by her husband on the morning of April 20 and her body was discovered 10 days later by a canoeist under the Kholo Creek Bridge.
A homicide investigation has been launched.
Her brother and sister used their eulogies to paint a picture of an adventurous, intelligent and unselfish woman loved by many.
Last night police were stopping vehciles at this roundabout at the intersection of Brookfield and Moggill roads in Kenmore looking for information into Allison Baden-Clay's death. Photo: Dan Nancarrow
Mr Dickie recalled he had been told of his older sisters taking him to school for show-and-tell when he was just two weeks old.
He said he was glad when he was eventually too old to be treated like a doll by his sisters.
Mrs Fowler's eternal picture of her late sister would be of her lying on her bed with a diet book in one hand and a block of chocolate in the other.
Sad farewell to Allison Baden-Clay
Family and friends have farewelled slain Brisbane mother Allison Baden-Clay at a moving service in Ipswich. Photo: Ipswich
"Ashley and I would never have imagined that we would be standing here today reading this eulogy for our sister Allison, taken from us so tragically and suddenly," Mrs Fowler said.
"Our Allison has left this earth under such horrific circumstances."
Mrs Fowler said the family had been contacted by many people who had been in Mrs Baden-Clay's tour groups when she was a guide on Heron Island.
Mourners arrive for Allison Baden-Clay's funeral. Photo: Bridie Jabour
They had all expressed the same "shock, disbelief and sadness" felt by her family.
The pair spoke about Allison as a child with a love of dancing growing into a young woman with a penchant for languages.
They recalled after marrying Mr Baden-Clay, the couple had taken an extended honeymoon to South America and Switzerland before settling in London for awhile.
"She was a devoted wife, supporting Gerard in their partnership of marriage and she did so until the day that she died," Mrs Fowler said.
"Soon after they returned from London, Allison became pregnant and sacrificed her career and her life goals to be a stay-at-home mum for her beautiful children."
Mrs Fowler said though everyone gathered at the funeral would continue to live their day-to-day lives, they would do so with a void in their lives left by the death of Mrs Baden-Clay.
"A life so full of adventure and rich experiences yet cut short so tragically," she said.
"Our Allison has touched the heart of everyone she met and had a very loving nature that made her a friend to many.
"...a high achiever, a model mum and an unselfish soul, all of this was achieved under sometimes difficult circumstances."
Students from Ipswich Girls Grammar School formed a guard of honour as the coffin was brought out of the church and one of her daughters touched it as part of her last goodbye to her mother.
With that, the hearse was driven out of the gates and all that was left were mourners with unanswered questions.
Police launched a homicide investigation after the mother-of-three was reported missing by her husband early on the morning of April 20.
Her body was found on May 1 in a creek bed at Anstead about 10 kilometres from the family's Brookfield home
Police were stationed at a Kenmore roundabout early this morning stopping vehicles and speaking to drivers as part of the investigation into the suspected murder of Mrs Baden-Clay.
The roundabout, at the intersection of Moggill and Brookfield roads, is believed to be key to the ongoing homicide investigation.
Regional crime coordinator Detective Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said police were specifically interested in speaking to anyone who drove in the vicinity of the roundabout between 11.30pm Thursday, April 19 and 4am Friday, April 20.