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MAINE: Local men decry sister’s funeral-home treatment

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Sun Journal
Lewiston, Maine
Thursday, Aug 11, 2011

TURNER, Maine – The image that Tom Sparks’ memory calls up of his beloved sister isn’t right.

Gone are the images of the spitfire Nancy James, rising up to defend her younger brothers or reaching out a hand to help someone.

All he can see now is her corpse, blackened, bloated and lying in a cardboard coffin in the Bell Funeral Home garage in Providence, R.I.

According to Sparks, his sister’s body was not prepared for a funeral as he and his brothers had requested, and her unembalmed body was stored in a garage instead of made ready for viewing.

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