October 3, 2013
"Grandma's ashes" are now back in the hands of the family.
Wednesday we told you how the owner of Charlie's Liquor and Smoke Shop in Wichita was trying to find out who left a small plastic bag labeled "grandma's ashes" with a name of the deceased on it.
Store owner Charlie Nguyen said Kathy Leonard called Wednesday night after seeing the news story and said she'd pick up the ashes Thursday morning.
KAKE news was there Thursday to capture the reunion. Leonard told KAKE's Chris Frank she was mortified to see the ashes left on the store's counter.
Leonard says the ashes are of her mother Helen Kathryn Dapron. Leonard said she divided up small portions of the ashes for her three children to have. She said she put them in small plastic baggies and labeled them with her mother's name, birth and death dates.
Leonard said her son Daniel must have been carrying the baggie in his pockets and when he pulled money out to pay at the store he put the baggie on the counter and left it.
Leonard said she'll be keeping the ashes for now and give her son a stern talking to about being more respectful about his grandma's ashes.
Leonard had with her the box from "Best Funeral Services" of Peoria, Arizona to identify her as the owner of the ashes.