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Hundreds farewell family found dead in Bedford home

Hundreds of mourners have today gathered to farewell Beverley Quinn, Mara Harvey and her three daughters at a touching funeral service.

Ms Harvey, 41, was found dead in her Bedford home with her 3½-year-old daughter Charlotte, two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix and their grandmother Mrs Quinn, 73, last month.

Anthony Robert Harvey — Ms Harvey’s husband and the three girls’ father — allegedly used knives and a blunt instrument to murder his family.

VideoAnthony Robert Harvey faced court today, charge with murdering his partner, mother in law and three young children.

About 200 mourners attended a service at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park this morning, with Mrs Quinn’s daughter Taryn Tottman and sister Wendy Frost delivering a moving eulogy.

The caskets — pale pink for Charlotte, Alice and Beatrix and white for Ms Harvey and Mrs Quinn — were adorned with garden-picked flowers, photographs and personal items.

Placed atop the girls’ caskets were crocheted blankets gifted to them by their grandmother and toys left outside their Bedford home by the community in the wake of the tragedy.

For Ms Harvey, an encyclopaedia because “the world was her oyster”, and Mrs Quinn a crocheted blanket and a ball of wall, representing her love for creating heartfelt gifts, like the blankets she made each of her grandchildren.

Beverley’s sister Wendy.Beverley’s sister Wendy.
Camera IconBeverley’s sister Wendy.Picture: Michael Wilson

Mrs Tottman described her mother, who was born in New Zealand, as a “mischievous rebel” during her childhood, who was burnt by boiling water at 18 months and began wearing glasses at the age of three.

“Our mum was the strongest person Mara and I knew,” she said.

“She was also fair, honest, organised, hardworking and compassionate, and all she wanted to do was help others. She is going to be missed by so many for such a long time.”

Mrs Quinn always put her family first and gave her daughters every opportunity possible, Mrs Tottman said.

“Mum was everything to us,” she told the 200 mourners.

Mrs Tottman said her mother was the canteen lady at school and later helped with aged care and in 1997, cared for her dying husband.

Within four years, Mrs Quinn had become a grandmother of six.

“All she ever wanted to do was help others.”

Mrs Tottman described her elder sister as a great mother, saying she was “so proud of each and every one” of her little girls.

She said her sister was adventurous and became a travel consultant, which took her all over the world.

She later worked in mining, then in 2014 started the romance that led to marriage and children.

Mara’s brother in-law Alan Tottman.Mara’s brother in-law Alan Tottman.
Camera IconMara’s brother in-law Alan Tottman.Picture: Michael Wilson

Charlotte was described as a “confident, bubbly, outgoing little girl” and by her pre-school teachers as an “old soul”.

“We are left in a world that is a little quieter, less energetic and a lot less bubbly now that our sweet little Charlotte had gone, but she will certainly be remembered with a happy heart,” Mrs Tottman said.

Alice had a beautiful smile that took over her entire face and Beatrix, who could be quieter, will be remembered for her big, beautiful eyes.

Mrs Tottman recalled the last time she saw Beatrix she received the most heart melting hug.

“That is now a memory and a moment I will cherish forever,” she said.

“The world is a lot colder now that it will be missing Beatrix’s hugs.”

At the conclusion of the service, lollipops were handed out to mourners as the song Three Little Monkeys by The Wiggles was played in memory of Charlotte, Alice and Beatrix.

Robbie Williams’ Angels was played for Ms Harvey, while two songs by Daniel O’Donnell — No Secrets and Footsteps — were played for Mrs Quinn, at her request.

The family thanked detectives, who were present at the service, the coroner’s office, their families and the local, Australian and global community for their kind messages of love and support.

Mara’s sister Taryn Tottman lights candles.Mara’s sister Taryn Tottman lights candles.
Camera IconMara’s sister Taryn Tottman lights candles.Picture: Michael Wilson

Police allege Ms Harvey and her children were killed by her husband on September 3. It is alleged the 24-year-old attacked and killed Mrs Quinn when she arrived at the family’s Bedford home the next day.

Police say Mr Harvey stayed at the Coode Street house with his dead family for several days before driving to his father’s home in Pannawonica.

He spoke to police when he arrived in the Pilbara, prompting officers to visit the Bedford house where they made the shocking discovery.

Mr Harvey is in custody charged with five counts of murder.

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