Ashes-to-ashes leads to dust up for Tucson family

2013-08-02T10:10:00Z Ashes-to-ashes leads to dust up for Tucson familyKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 02, 2013 10:10 am  • 

A Tucson woman’s chance of resting in peace is being thwarted by siblings, both of whom lay claim to her cremains.

Pima County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a domestic dispute last month and found siblings arguing about who got to keep their recently deceased mother’s urn and family photographs.

The woman’s son, his half-sister and the sister’s father all resided in the same home, according to the sheriff’s report.

Initially the argument was between the adult brother and sister. It was the young woman who brought her father — the deceased woman’s boyfriend — into the mix when she phoned her father, crying, saying her brother “is taking all of mommy’s possessions.”

When deputies arrived, the young woman told them she had the photos and cremains in her bedroom and she refused to give them to her brother.

The reason, according to the report: She feared her brother would sell the photos and cremains for “drug money.”

Deputies told the family their dispute was a civil matter and left.

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