Hereford & Worcester

Alethea Taylor: Memorial service for murder victim

Alethea Taylor
Image caption Alethea Taylor disappeared in January 2012 at the age of 63

A memorial service has been held for a Herefordshire woman who was murdered by her undertaker husband.

The body of Alethea Taylor, from Orleton, has never been found. John Taylor, 61, was given a life sentence in April.

The month-long trial heard he had been having an affair.

The Bishop of Ludlow conducted the service at St George's Church, in Orleton, where Mrs Taylor was the organist.

'Zest for life'

The choir of which Mrs Taylor was a member performed at the service.

The former vicar of the church, the Reverend Sian Harris, said: "She really did have an absolute zest for life.

"[She] really wanted to get things going in the community of Orleton. She was just great fun."

Taylor killed his wife and disposed of her body on 18 or 19 January 2012, Worcester Crown Court heard.

The jury heard he had tried to spread around the idea the missing 63-year-old retired primary school teacher was in some way "losing her mind". He must serve a minimum of 17 years in prison.

Taylor has been asked to reveal where her remains are so her family and friends can grieve and put her body to rest.

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