Mar 4, 2010 2:29 PM by Greg Boyce

Family will not appeal cryonics ruling

The family of a woman at the center of a court battle over freezing her remains will not appeal a court ruling that gives possession of the woman's head to a cryonics facility in Arizona.

Mary Robbins head will be frozen indefinitely in the hope that it her thoughts and experiences can be revived at some time in the future.  The rest of her body will be cremated and returned to her relatives.  In a settlement with the family, Alcor agreed to give the family the $50,000 annuity Robbins set aside for her preservation.

Daughter Darlene Robbins told reporters this morning, "We are satisfied with the agreement. We have been assured and believe Alcor will treat our mother's remains with the utmost respect and dignity."

Mary Robbins had signed an agreement with Alcor in 2006 to have her head frozen.  Her family said in the last few days of her life last month she changed her mind along with removing Alcor as a beneficiary of her estate.  Alcor fought in court last week to abide by her earlier wishes and a judge agreed in a ruling Monday.


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