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Funeral of ex-Yugoslavia's first lady draws admirers of fallen communist federation

  • A visitor shows a book of the Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, with its title reading: "My life, My Truth," right, and an illustration of Tito, before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Jovanka Broz died Sunday, Oct. 20, of heart failure in a Belgrade hospital. She was 88. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    A visitor shows a book of the Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, with its title reading: "My life, My Truth," right, and an illustration of Tito, before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Jovanka Broz died Sunday, Oct. 20, of heart failure in a Belgrade hospital. She was 88. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • The casket bearing the body of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, sits in front of the House of Flowers memorial complex before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Jovanka Broz died on Sunday Oct. 20, 2013, of heart failure in a Belgrade hospital. She was 88. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    The casket bearing the body of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, sits in front of the House of Flowers memorial complex before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Jovanka Broz died on Sunday Oct. 20, 2013, of heart failure in a Belgrade hospital. She was 88. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • The casket bearing the body of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, sits in front of the House of Flowers memorial complex before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Jovanka Broz died on Sunday of heart failure in a Belgrade hospital. She was 88. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    The casket bearing the body of Jovanka Broz, widow of the former Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito, sits in front of the House of Flowers memorial complex before the funeral in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Jovanka Broz died on Sunday of heart failure in a Belgrade hospital. She was 88. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

The funeral of former Yugoslavia's first lady Jovanka Broz is drawing crowds of those who remember the ex-communist federation as a haven of peace, prosperity and equality.

Carrying roses, wreaths and symbols of the past era which broke up in bloodshed more than 20 years ago, hundreds gathered since early hours Saturday at a memorial complex where Jovanka Broz will be buried close to her late husband, former Yugoslavia's communist leader Josip Broz Tito.

One woman in the crowd, Radojka Zivotic, says that "we came to pay our respects and remember happy times."

Jovanka Broz became Tito's wife in 1952. After he died in 1980, Tito's successors accused the widow of planning a coup and placed her under house arrest. She died last Sunday at the age of 88.