A GRIEVING mum was left horrified after discovering that her gran had been buried in a grave with a complete stranger – for 14 years.
Marion Jarvis, 82, was meant to be laid to rest in the family plot, next to grandparents Elizabeth and John Hooper.
But after a decade of visiting the spot, granddaughter Katherine Quick, 32, discovered that she’d been buried in the wrong plot.
She made the heartbreaking discovery after attempting to have her stillborn daughter interred with her gran.
Penarth Town Council fessed up to the blunder – but said it had no idea how the error happened because “nobody who worked at the council at that point works here now”.
Katherine wept: “I think of all the Christmases, Mother’s Days and birthdays I’ve visited that grave and poured my heart out.
“It was like we were grieving for her all over again. I’m frightened that they may not have dug her all up.
“I almost feel the need to visit both graves when I’m there. It just doesn’t feel right.
“It’s heartbreaking to know if I didn’t lose my baby girl I would have never have known my nan was buried in the wrong place.”
The family plot – containing her grandparents – was one row behind the one where Marion was wrongly buried and the gravestone had also been mistakenly placed.
Marion was in a plot with a complete stranger, while her grandparents were in an unmarked spot a few metres away.
A spokesman for Penarth Town Council said: “Nobody who worked at the council at that point works here now.
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“It was once new members of staff were made aware of that the mistake was rectified and it was acted on.
“We as a council have done everything possible to rectify the mistake.
“We have done everything to put it right.”
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