A GRIEVING daughter left stranded overseas by the flights ban has made it back to see her mum buried.
Grandmother Sheila Roberts, of Whitby Avenue, Upton was on a cruise in the Caribbean when her mum passed away earlier this month.
Margaret ‘Betty’ Keep, 79, of Llys Eleanor, Shotton died three days into the holiday from pneumonia after a long battle with illness following a hip operation.
On Friday afternoon, Mrs Roberts, 60, and sisters Linda Morris, 58, of Ewloe and Pauline German, 53, of Connah’s Quay landed safely on British shores to the relief of fourth sister Jeannette Toye, 57, of Ewloe, brother Vernon and dad James who feared they would miss Mrs Keep’s funeral.
Mrs Roberts' daughter Tina Farrall, 39, from Tarvin was left housesitting for her 60-year-old mother and looking after her four Yorkshire terriers while she is stuck in the Dominican Republic.
The service had already been postponed from a week before but the cruise company chartered two flights to bring their stranded customers back home to Britain ensuring they would be there for the rescheduled service in at St Deiniol’s church, Hawarden.
Mrs Roberts said: “We were well looked after over there. We’re just keeping the best we can.
“The family were over the moon.
“The church, the crematorium and the undertakers have been excellent with us.
“On the Friday afternoon we just dropped our cases. We got together to go and see my mum at the undertakers.
“We’ve been busy making arrangements for Friday because my brother and sister couldn’t do it all because we held the purse strings for my mum and dad.”
Sheila says the support the sisters gave eachother while abroad got them through their ordeal.
She added: “We stuck together and our friends understood because they’d lost their mother. They were really good because our heads were all over the place.”
Before leaving on their trip, Sheila had visited her ailing mother every night while she was being treated at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
While in the Caribbean, the sisters ran up massive phone bills – Sheila’s was more than 200 – but they are comforted by the fact that they got one last chance to speak to their mum before she passed away.
“We wre shouting down the phone to my mum before she died. we know she heard because she squeezed my dad’s hand.”
The funeral of Margaret Keep, married to husband James for 62 years, will take place at St Deiniol’s, Hawarden on April 30 at 10am.