Trina Duncan made her final journey when her beloved Volvo carried her coffin to Chichester for a private funeral attended by family members.
Her husband David told the Observer: “Trina loved the car so much and often joked that she wanted to be buried in it. So we thought it was fitting that she should be carried on her last journey in the Volvo. She owned the car for 22 years and it would really appeal to her sense of fun.”
It was a familiar sight near her home on Church Hill.
The last journey started outside Midhurst Parish Church opposite the couple’s home.
The Volvo bearing Trina’s willow coffin led the funeral procession. On top of the coffin was a bed of white roses from the family and the wedding bouquet Trina had carried up the aisle 32 years ago when she married David. She had dried the flowers as a permanent memory of the day.
On Saturday (March 21) there will be a celebration of her life in the parish church of St Mary Magdalene and St Denys starting at 2pm. The family has asked that those who attend the celebration should not wear black or dark clothes.
Trina died on Friday February 27 at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester following an operation.
David and her family were at her side.
Although Trina and David moved to Midhurst only eight years they quickly became part of the community. Her death has shocked the town where her kind, generous and fun nature touched so many.