Richardson's Family Bids Final Farewell

Will be placed near grandmother's grave in upstate NY

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 22, 2009 12:59 PM CDT

(Newser) – Close family and friends gathered this afternoon in a tiny white church in upstate New York to say goodbye to Natasha Richardson, the AP reports. The actress’ body was to be laid to rest near her grandmother’s grave after a private service at 2pm, reports the New York Daily News. Husband Liam Neeson, clad in a dark suit and sunglasses, served as one of his wife's six pallbearers.

Police and worldwide media poured into the small upstate New York town of Millbrook, where Richardson and husband Liam Neeson own a home and were married 15 years ago. Her casket left Manhattan yesterday morning in a silver hearse after a daylong wake, arriving yesterday at her 19th-century farmhouse, surrounded by hills and farms. Richardson's coffin bears an Irish claddagh symbol of “friendship, love, and loyalty,” the Daily News says.

Actors Liam Neeson, right, and his wife Natasha Richardson are shown in 2008.
Actors Liam Neeson, right, and his wife Natasha Richardson are shown in 2008.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Actor Liam Neeson waves as he arrives at St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, Sunday, March 22, 2009, for the funeral of his wife Natasha Richardson.
Actor Liam Neeson waves as he arrives at St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, Sunday, March 22, 2009, for the funeral of his wife Natasha Richardson.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Vanessa Redgrave enters St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, on Sunday, March 22, 2009 before a funeral for her daughter, actress Natasha Richardson.
Vanessa Redgrave enters St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, on Sunday, March 22, 2009 before a funeral for her daughter, actress Natasha Richardson.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Liam Neeson arrives at St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, Sunday, March 22, 2009, for the funeral of Natasha Richardson. With Neeson is Joely Richardson and sons Micheal and Daniel Neeson.
Liam Neeson arrives at St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, Sunday, March 22, 2009, for the funeral of Natasha Richardson. With Neeson is Joely Richardson and sons Micheal and Daniel Neeson.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Liam Neeson with sons Micheal and Daniel, Joely Richardson (blocked), and niece Daisy Bevan arrive for Natasha Richardson's funeral at St. Peter's Lithgow Episcopal Church on March 22, 2009.
Liam Neeson with sons Micheal and Daniel, Joely Richardson (blocked), and niece Daisy Bevan arrive for Natasha Richardson's funeral at St. Peter's Lithgow Episcopal Church on March 22, 2009.   (Getty Images)
Pallbearers including actor Liam Neeson carry the coffin of actress Natasha Richardson into St. Peter's Lithgow Episcopal Church on March 22, 2009 in Millbrook, in Dutchess County, New York.
Pallbearers including actor Liam Neeson carry the coffin of actress Natasha Richardson into St. Peter's Lithgow Episcopal Church on March 22, 2009 in Millbrook, in Dutchess County, New York.   (Getty Images)
The hearse transporting Natasha Richardson leads a caravan of automobiles driving to the estate of actor Liam Neeson and his late wife on March 21, 2009 in Millbrook, in Dutchess County, New York.
The hearse transporting Natasha Richardson leads a caravan of automobiles driving to the estate of actor Liam Neeson and his late wife on March 21, 2009 in Millbrook, in Dutchess County, New York.   (Getty Images)
The hearse transporting Natasha Richardson drives to the estate of actor Liam Neeson and his late wife on March 21, 2009 in Millbrook, NY.
The hearse transporting Natasha Richardson drives to the estate of actor Liam Neeson and his late wife on March 21, 2009 in Millbrook, NY.   (Getty Images)
People stand outside St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, Sunday, March 22, 2009, where the funeral for Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson was held today.
People stand outside St. Peter's Church in Lithgow, NY, Sunday, March 22, 2009, where the funeral for Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson was held today.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Flowers sit in a hearse before the coffin of Natasha Richardson is loaded to transport from the American Irish Historical Society on March 21, 2009 in New York City.
Flowers sit in a hearse before the coffin of Natasha Richardson is loaded to transport from the American Irish Historical Society on March 21, 2009 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
The casket of actress Natasha Richardson is placed in a hearse in New York on Saturday, March  21, 2009.
The casket of actress Natasha Richardson is placed in a hearse in New York on Saturday, March 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/David Karp)
Pallbearers carry the casket of actress Natasha Richardson from the American Irish Historical Society in New York on Saturday, March  21,  2009.
Pallbearers carry the casket of actress Natasha Richardson from the American Irish Historical Society in New York on Saturday, March 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/David Karp)
Liam Neeson, left, embraces an unidentified man after exiting the American Irish Historical Society where Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, was lying in repose, Friday March 20, 2009 in New York.
Liam Neeson, left, embraces an unidentified man after exiting the American Irish Historical Society where Neeson's wife, Natasha Richardson, was lying in repose, Friday March 20, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Micheal Neeson, son of Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson, exits the American Irish Historical Society where the body of his mother lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.
Micheal Neeson, son of Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson, exits the American Irish Historical Society where the body of his mother lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
In this frame grab taken from ABC-TV video, actor Liam Neeson greets supporters in the Broadway theater district of Manhattan in New York, Thursday March 19, 2009.
In this frame grab taken from ABC-TV video, actor Liam Neeson greets supporters in the Broadway theater district of Manhattan in New York, Thursday March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/ABC-TV via APTN)
In this frame grab taken from ABC-TV video, actor Liam Neeson greets supporters as actor Matthew Broderick looks on in Manhattan in New York, Thursday March 19, 2009.
In this frame grab taken from ABC-TV video, actor Liam Neeson greets supporters as actor Matthew Broderick looks on in Manhattan in New York, Thursday March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/ABC-TV via APTN)
Actress Lauren Bacall exits the American Irish Historical Society where the body of Natasha Richardson lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.
Actress Lauren Bacall exits the American Irish Historical Society where the body of Natasha Richardson lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Actress Lauren Bacall arrives at the American Irish Historical Society where the body of Natasha Richardson lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.
Actress Lauren Bacall arrives at the American Irish Historical Society where the body of Natasha Richardson lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Pallbearers carry the casket of actress Natasha Richardson from the American Irish Historical Society, Saturday, March  21, 2009, in New York.
Pallbearers carry the casket of actress Natasha Richardson from the American Irish Historical Society, Saturday, March 21, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/David Karp)
Vanessa Redgrave exits the American Irish Historical Society where the body of her daughter Natasha Richardson lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.
Vanessa Redgrave exits the American Irish Historical Society where the body of her daughter Natasha Richardson lies in repose, Friday, March 20, 2009, in New York.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Actress Lauren Bacall, center, is escorted by unidentified men as she leaves a private viewing of Natasha Richardson at New York's American Irish Historical Society Friday, March 20, 2009 in New York.
Actress Lauren Bacall, center, is escorted by unidentified men as she leaves a private viewing of Natasha Richardson at New York's American Irish Historical Society Friday, March 20, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, actors Natasha Richardson, left, and her husband Liam Neeson arrive to the premiere of Dreamgirls at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
In this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, actors Natasha Richardson, left, and her husband Liam Neeson arrive to the premiere of "Dreamgirls" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.   (AP Photo/Paul Hawthorne, file)
In this Oct. 3, 2000 file photo, Vanessa Redgrave, center, poses with daughters Natasha Richardson and Joely Richardson at the opening of the Typically British exhibit at Pompidou Center in Paris.
In this Oct. 3, 2000 file photo, Vanessa Redgrave, center, poses with daughters Natasha Richardson and Joely Richardson at the opening of the "Typically British" exhibit at Pompidou Center in Paris.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, file)
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