The funeral of the murdered naturalist Joy Adamson took place on Tuesday (8 January) close to one of the African game parks to which she had devoted her life.
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OWEN: "(Indistinct) she should have died thereafter...she has given us thrilling and inspiring accounts of the lion and the cheetah, and we look forward to her giving up posthumously her works on the leopard."
ADAMSON:"A have been thinking o about it, but I haven't made up my mind. It certainly won't be a conventional sort."
REPORTER:"A trust fund to continue her work?"
ADAMSON:"Oh yes, that's going to go on, a most certainly."
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Background: The funeral of the murdered naturalist Joy Adamson took place on Tuesday (8 January) close to one of the African game parks to which she had devoted her life. The same day, police in Nairobi were still questioning three men about her death. Kenyan Police Commissioner, Mr. Ben Gethi, said Mrs Adamson had been murdered, not mauled by a lion as first believed when her body was discovered on Thursday (3 January) at a remote game reserve north of Nairobi.
SYNOPSIS: The funeral ceremony was held at Langata crematorium outside the Kenyan capital, and just across the road from the Nairobi National Park, a place Mrs Adamson had loved.
A Party of fifty mourners were there, and the Reverend Bill Owen led the pallbearers. Mrs Adamson had stipulated in her will that her ashes be scattered over the Meru game reserve, north of Nairobi. It was here she and her husband George raised the famous lioness Elsa, and trained her to return to the wild.
White-bearded George Adamson among the mourners, who included the Kenyan Director of Wildlife, Daniel Sindiyo, and the Austrian Ambassador to Kenya, Herr Ernst Illsinger. Mrs Adamson was born in Austria. She was completing a study on leopards when she was killed. Reverend Owen said she had been tragically taken from her friends.
George Adamson receives condolences for the loss of his world-famous wife, who was sixty-nine. Mrs Adamson had written three books about Elsa. The most noted of thee, 'Born Free' was made into a successful film. Mr Adamson was asked what kind of memorial he wanted for his wife.