A deceased New Orleans woman is going out with a bang with the help of her two daughters. In a unique farewell earlier this month, Miriam “Mae Mae” Burbank was remembered as the life of the party.
Instead of a traditional service, the 53-year-old’s homegoing featured her sitting in a mock living room with her menthol cigarettes, two disco balls, a case of her favorite Busch beer and a bottle of Glenlivet whiskey. Daughter Zymora Kimball said she received a little resistance from friends and family, but that didn’t stop her from continuing on with her plans.
Burbank was dressed in black and gold to represent her love for the New Orleans Saints and was sent off as loved ones partied in her honor. The N.O. native passed away on June 1 and was remembered as being full of life.
“They said that they didn’t want a traditional, religious-type service. [Miriam] was just one of those people that enjoyed life, enjoyed living, just enjoyed people,” said Lyelle Bellard, intern funeral director at Charbonnet Funeral Home.
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