Woman dies after spending 21 years in coma following beating by husband

Funeral services are scheduled for a western New York woman for spent more than 21 years in a coma after being beaten by her husband.

The Buffalo News reports that 51-year-old Bernadette Jones died last Sunday of pneumonia at her family's home in the city of Niagara Falls.

The newspaper reports that her drunken husband beat her into a coma in April 1991. Jones never woke up, although family members say eventually she could open one of her eyes and move her arms.

Jones spent eight months in the hospital after the beating, then was brought to her family's home, where a special room was set up for her in the basement. That's where her family cared for her for the next two decades.

Her funeral is being held Friday morning at a Niagara Falls church.