Bagpipes at a funeral? Sure. A 21-gun salute? If they’ve earned it, why not? Propping-up the deceased and surrounded them with beloved inanimate objects from their now-over life? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Meet Miriam Marie “Mae-Mae” Burbank, aged 53. According to New Orleans’ WGNO, Mae-Mae had the funeral your fun aunt only dreamed of. Surrounded by beer, orchids, Menthol cigarettes, crossword puzzles, and mini-New Orleans Saints football helmets, Mae-Mae was posed and on-display is what appeared to be a roped-off media room.
WGNO’s tagline is “God Bless Louisiana” by the way.
Mae-Mae isn’t the only New Orleans Queen of my Heart who passed away in style. Marycathyrn “Mickey” Easterling passed away at 83. Known for her fabulous parties and philanthropy, when it came to her funeral, Mickey nailed it. In addition to wearing the world’s best ensemble, holding a cigarette, and surrounding herself with champagne and orchids, Mickey wore her famous rhinestone pin which reads, “#1 BITCH.”
TLC’s reality show Best Funeral Ever exclusively covers fabulous funerals like Mae-Mae’s and Mickey’s, but someone these Southern divas’ doing it themselves, without a cheesy reality show, makes us love them even more. RIP Mae-Mae and Mickey.