ATLANTA - A grieving widow who suffered even more heartbreak after her husband's ashes were stolen, is finally getting some good news. Someone found the urn that contained her husband's remains behind a gas station and returned it to her.
Lynn Valentine kept her husband’s ashes on a nightstand. They were stolen by thieves who broke into her Henry County home.
Valentine’s husband, George, died three weeks ago. She said they were soulmates and had a wonderful marriage for 21 years. They had a plan for when they died.
“The first one to go would be cremated and the second one would be in a casket and the remains would be put in the casket so we could be together forever,” said Valentine.
Valentine was following that plan and was at the funeral home making the arrangements when thieves broke into her house. She said they stole electronics from the living room and jewelry from her bedroom. She said they apparently took the time to pick out the expensive jewelry and left the costume jewelry behind.
“They took my mother’s engagement ring, her wedding band set,” said Valentine.
Valentine said those items mean little to her compared to the box that held George’s ashes. It was on the nightstand right next to her bed. She would look at it every night just before falling asleep.
“I know that’s not him. I understand that, and it won’t be me in the casket either, but our remains will be together. that’s what we wanted. I got nothing right now, I got nothing of him,” said Valentine.
Valentine was hoping that once the thieves realize the box contained ashes, they would turn them in. But thanks to help of another person, she is happy to have a part of her husband with her once again.