Hundreds of people gathered on the lawn of Graceland on a gray and cold Sunday morning in Memphis to mourn the death and remember the life ofdied earlier this month.
Some mourners held flowers as they waited for the service to begin under the tall trees on the lawn of Graceland, the home where Lisa Marie lived as a child with her father, Elvis Presley. The mansion, which belonged to Lisa Marie Presley, has been turned into a museum and tourist attraction that hundreds of thousands of fans visit each year to celebrate the life and music of Elvis, who died in 1977.
The South Memphis property was a place of sadness and dark memories on Sunday. Presley, a 54-year-old singer-songwriter devoted to her father’s legacy,hours after being hospitalized for a medical emergency.
The service began with the singing of “Amazing Grace” by Jason Clark & The Tennessee Mass Choir.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the love, compassion and support you have shown our family during this difficult time,” said a message from the Presley family written on the service’s program. “We will always be grateful.”
Lisa Marie Presley’s mother, Priscilla Presley, read a poem written by her granddaughter titled “Old Soul,” according to CBS Memphis affiliate WREG.
“The old soul in 1968, she entered our world – born strong but delicate, full of life,” the poem read. “She always knew she wouldn’t stay here too long. Childhood passes in the glimpse of a green eye. She then started her own family. She then lost her second child, an angel of suspicion, she knew it was close until the end.”
“Now she is home where she always belonged, but my heart misses her love,” the poem continued. “She knew I loved her. I’m afraid I’ll never touch her, but the old soul is still with me. She doesn’t drift over.”
Lisa Marie Presley’s eldest daughter, actress Riley Keough, did not speak but her husband, Ben Smith-Peterson, read a statement on her behalf.
“Thank you for being my mother in this lifetime,” Keough’s post began. “I am eternally grateful.”
“I remember what it felt like to be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known,” the eulogy continued. “How safe it was to be in your arms. I remember that feeling when I was a kid and I remember it two weeks ago on your couch.”
“I hope I can love my daughter like you loved me, like you loved my brother and my sisters,” Keough added.
Former Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York were among the speakers who paid tribute to Presley, while singers Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose paid tribute to the late musician with renditions of the songs ” Rest” and “November Rain”.
After the service, mourners made a procession through the Graceland Meditation Garden, where Presley was laid to rest.
Lisa Marie Presley’s son, Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide in 2020,at Graceland.