Winnie Johnson, the mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett, has been buried after a moving funeral service.
After a lifetime of campaigning, the 78-year-old died without fulfilling her cherished wish to find her son's makeshift grave on Saddleworth Moor and give him a proper Christian burial.
Ian Brady and Myra Hindley abducted and murdered the 12-year-old in 1964, the only one of the five young victims whose body has never been found.
At the service at St Chrysostom's Church, in Victoria Park, Manchester, where Mrs Johnson, a widow, was a regular parishioner and Keith attended Sunday school, the names of her son's killers were never uttered once.
Instead her family, friends and ordinary members of the public among the mourners heard tributes to a courageous mother who battled on despite a life touched by tragedy.
A former cleaner and worker in hospital kitchens, her desire to know became ever more desperate after she was diagnosed with the cancer that was to finally take her life on August 18.
Canon Ian Gomersall, rector of St Chrysostom's, told mourners she lived all her life in Manchester, where her son was abducted. Canon Gomersall said Mrs Johnson had shown "that we, everyday people, can have courage, strength, hope and determination, whatever assails us".
And while she was a woman of sorrow, she was also someone who "even in the midst of her grief", could find hope and joy, and showed that love, faith, hope and courage would prevail over darkness.
Elizabeth Bond, a family friend, told mourners: "I have been in all sorts of places with Winnie while she played her public role and she never stood on ceremony for anyone.
"She stood fast against all that life could throw at her and kept a sense of humour along the way. She lived by her values - to do what we believe is right even in the hardest time; to not let ourselves be beaten and always call it how it is."