Priscilla Presley delivers eulogy at daughter Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service at Graceland

Priscilla Presley delivers eulogy at daughter Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service at Graceland
– #Priscilla #Presley #delivers #eulogy #daughter #Lisa #Marie #Presleys #memorial #service #Graceland

A large crowd of family, friends and fans gathered Sunday morning in front of the famed Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, for the funeral of Lisa Marie Presleythe sole daughter of late singer Elvis Presley.

There were musical performances from big-name artists such as Axl Rose and Alanis Morissetteas well as The Tennessee Mass Choir. And family and friends of Lisa Marie spoke at the funeral, including Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of Yorkmanager Jerry Schilling and, of course, Lisa Marie’s mother, Priscilla Presley.

READ MORE: Former reality TV stars announced as new hosts of KIIS FM’s PickUp

1a694bfb 2da7 450d a890 cbc9a105c30f
Priscilla Presley speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland on January 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty)

A grieving Priscilla spoke, briefly and quietly, reading a poem and remarks from granddaughter Riley Keough, Lisa Marie’s oldest daughter.

“I’m going to read something that my granddaughter wrote for all of you, and this says it all,” Priscilla began.

Priscilla Presley speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland on January 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Priscilla Presley speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland on January 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty Images for ABA)

“‘I have no idea how to put my mother into words. Truth is, there are too many. Lisa Marie Presley was an icon, a role model, a superhero to many people all over the world, but Mama was my icon, my role model, my superhero – in much more ways than one,'” Priscilla read on behalf of Riley.

“‘Even now, I can’t get across everything there is to be understood or known about her, but as she always said, ‘I’ll do my best.'”

READ MORE: Brooke Shields reveals she was sexually assaulted in her twenties in new documentary

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on January 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. Presley, 54, the only child of American singer Elvis Presley, died January 12, 2023 in Los Angeles.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on January 22 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty)

She then read from a poem titled The Old Soulwritten about Lisa Marie’s life. “‘In 1968, she entered our world, born tired, fragile, yet strong. She was delicate, but was filled with life. She always knew she wouldn’t be here too long.'”

“‘Childhood passes by, with a glimpse of her green eye, she then grew a family of her own. Then came her second child, leaving her with suspicion – could this be the angel that takes me home?’

“‘Time, of course, flew by. It was time for a tragedy. She knew it was close to the end. Survivor’s guilt, some would say, but a broken heart was the doing of her death. Now, she is home where she always belonged, but my heart is missing her love.'”

Alanis Morissette performs onstage at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on January 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Alanis Morissette performs onstage at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on January 22 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty)

“‘She knew that I loved her. I fear I would never touch her. But the old soul is always with me. She doesn’t drift above.’ That says it all, and thank you all for being here… Our heart is broken. Lisa, we all love you.”

READ MORE: Kylie Jenner finally reveals her son’s real name after months of speculation

Riley also shared a letter through her husband Ben Smith-Petersen, in which she remembered her mother’s love.

Riley Keough, left, and her mother Lisa Marie Presley arrive at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards on Oct. 16, 2017
Riley Keough, left, and her mother Lisa Marie Presley arrive at the 24th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards on Oct. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. Presley, singer and only child of Elvis, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, after a hospitalization, according to her mother, Priscilla Presley. She was 54. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“‘I’m eternally grateful to have spent 33 years with you. I’m certain I chose the best mother for me in this world… I remember everything. I remember you giving me baths as a baby. I remember the way you would cuddle me … and the way you smelled,'” Smith-Petersen read the letter onstage as Riley sat front row with her family.

In the letter, he also confirmed he and Riley secretly welcomed a baby together, with a rep later telling People the couple becoming parents to a baby girl in 2022.

Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley
Riley Keough also shared this photo tribute to her mother Lisa Marie Presley on Instagram. (Instagram)

“‘I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known. I remember how it safe it felt to be in your arms,'” the letter continued. “‘I remember that feeling as a child, and I remember that feeling two weeks ago on your couch. Thank you for showing me that love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter the way that you loved me.'”

Schilling, who was an aide and producer to Elvis and manager to Lisa Marie, also told stories of him and “a girl named Memphis”, which Shilling said is what he always called her.

Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla Presley
Elvis Presley poses with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie after her birth in 1968. (AP)

In 1967, Schilling said he spent Christmas and New Year’s Day at Graceland and was asked by Elvis himself to stay until Lisa Marie’s birth in February of 1968.

Schilling said Lisa Marie had asked him to accompany her on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards on January 10.

“Last thing she said to me was, ‘Jerry Schilling, I love you,'” he said.

Jerry Schilling speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on January 22, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Jerry Schilling speaks at the public memorial for Lisa Marie Presley on January 22 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Getty)

For a daily dose of 9Honey, subscribe to our newsletter here.

Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter Riley breaks her silence

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Stay Connected with Kuri007.com – Follow for more updates, you will be notified soon. Thank You For Visiting

x