Mother who died after arson attack reunited with ‘babies in sky’, mourners told

A mother who suffered horrific burns in a murderous arson attack which killed four of her children is reunited with her “babies in the sky” her poignant funeral service heard.

Four horse-drawn carriages, representing each of her deceased children, headed the procession to the church as mourners lined the route, before the coffin of Michelle Pearson was borne by a final carriage for the start of the service.

The 37-year-old never left hospital, having suffered 75% burns, and finally died on August 25, 20 months after the fire-bombing of her home on Jackson Street, Walkden, Greater Manchester.

Michelle Pearson funeral
The order of service for the funeral of Michelle Pearson (Danny Lawson/PA)

Demi Pearson, 15, her brother, Brandon, eight, and sisters, Lacie, seven and Lia, three, all perished in the petrol-bomb attack which turned their home into an inferno in the early hours of December 11, 2017.

Their mother was too unwell to attend her children’s funeral in September last year.

On Friday, amid torrential rain, the mother-of-six’s white coffin, adorned with paintings of red poppies, was carried inside the same church, St Paul’s in Walkden, for her own funeral, as a pipe band played Amazing Grace.

Her eldest son Lewis and brother Chris Pearson were among the pall bearers, with her other surviving son Kyle, and mother Sandra Lever, among the mourners who paid their last respects.

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