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Family learns on day of funeral that mother was already buried by strangers

By Mason White 5:55 PM November 9, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A woman who was preparing her mother’s body for her funeral, learned that she was already buried.

The woman spoke of her heartbreak that her mother’s funeral had to be canceled after learning that her body was given to another family and she has already been buried.

Monique Williams of Chicago, Illinois, said that she went to the Leak and Sons Funeral Home to make the last minute inspection before her mother’s body was sent to the viewing.

She was shown the body, which was dressed in the clothes and wig she bought, but the body was not her mother.

Williams was shocked and demanded to know where the body of her mother, Ella Mae Rutledge, 74, was placed. She was taken to another room, where she was shown another two bodies, but not her mother.

The funeral home then informed her that her mother’s body was handed over to another family, who held the funeral the day before and she had already been buried in another grave.

After learning about the confusion, the other family agreed to have the body of Rutledge exhumed. May she rest in peace.