The family of Iraena Asher has spoken of the sadness of her mother dying without having got the peace of mind of her daughter's body being found.
Asher disappeared at Piha in October 2004 after making a distressed 111 call.
Eight years later, a coroner concluded she had most likely drowned and that her death was accidental.
A funeral for her mother, Betty Anne Asher, 65, was held last Saturday. She died in Auckland Hospital less than three weeks after a tumour was diagnosed.
The pain of Asher's death never went away for family, Angelique Asher, the oldest of Betty