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Daughters create ‘last party’ for mom’s funeral — complete with beer, cigarettes and crosswords

NEW ORLEANS — A 53-year-old New Orleans woman was memorialized with a “last party” at her funeral this week, complete with a can of Busch beer, menthol cigarettes and a disco ball, according to WGNO.

Miriam Marie “Mae-Mae” Burbank passed away on June 1. The woman’s two daughters said their mother was “full of life” and they wanted her funeral to reflect her life.

The sisters told the funeral home directors at Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans about their mother and planners came up with a way to honor Burbank.

At the funeral, Burbank was sitting at a table in a living room setting holding a menthol cigarette and a glass of beer. A crossword puzzle and Saints helmets were also featured on the table.

New Orleanians are known for having somewhat unusual and elaborate wakes. In fact, Mickey Easterling, a philanthropist and socialite, was decked out on an iron bench to greet guests with champagne and a spectacular hat in April.

 

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