On Sunday, more than a thousand mourners gathered at Graceland to honor the life of Elvis Presley’s only daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who died earlier this month after a cardiac arrest episode. Bathed in the spotlight from the moment she was born, Lisa Marie faced her fair share of struggles in life, but remained unwavering as a steward of her father’s legacy and a dedicated mother, qualities that her loved ones highlighted during a reflective and musical funeral.
Per the Associated Press (via NBC News), Lisa Marie’s service began with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” sung by Jason Clark & The Tennessee Mass Choir. A long and diverse list of voices spoke to Lisa Marie’s memory, including her mother, Priscilla Presley; Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson; Jerry Schilling, a close confidante of Elvis’ and a former manager of Lisa Marie’s.
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Lisa Marie’s eldest daughter, actor Riley Keough, did not speak at the service but shared a statement via her husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, where she fondly recalled ice cream dates with her mother and lunch-box notes written with love.
Naturally, music served as a central connector between the service’s movements, and plenty of renowned musicians came to play Lisa Marie out. The Smashing Pumpkins’ lead singer Billy Corgan performed an acoustic rendition of “To Sheila”; Alanis Morissette sang “Rest”; Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses accompanied himself on the piano during a performance of “November Rain”; and pioneering gospel group The Blackwood Brothers Quartet performed two numbers.
After the service ended, mourners were invited to walk through Graceland’s Meditation Garden. Like her great-grandparents and grandparents before her, Lisa Marie was laid to rest in the Garden—her above-ground grave sits next to that of her late son, Benjamin Keough, who died in 2020. Multi-colored flower bouquet’s swiftly lined the gravesite as teary-eyed fans paid their respects.
Jordan Clark, a 25-year-old Alabama resident who traveled for the service, said the funeral reminded her of when Elvis died, and “people came from all over” to remember him.