Former 'Party Girl' Attends Her Own Bizarre but Fitting Bar-Themed Funeral (VIDEO)

Miriam Burbank loved to live life, so it's only fitting that this New Orleans "party girl" got a funeral that captured her "zest for life." The 53-year-old passed on June 1, but her daughters were determined that she not have a stodgy old service with a casket.

So working with Charbonnet Funeral Home directors, Zymora Kimball came up with a plan to honor her late mother, who was affectionately known as Mae-Mae. She said, "She gets down, 53. She’s not a normal 53 ... I didn’t want her to just go, just go. So, I had to do something amazing. So she’s never forgotten."


To honor Mae-Mae, her family decided to skip the open versus closed casket debate, and instead propped her up at table, menthol cigarette in one hand, and her favorite Busch beer within reach. Disco balls glowed overhead, and the "guest of honor" was decked out in black and gold for her beloved Saints -- they even painted her fingernails in the team's colors.

It was definitely an unusual way to set up a viewing, but Kimball didn't let the naysayers bother her. "A lot of people didn’t accept what I was doing," she said. "I didn’t let that stop me, and I know she’s happy with how she’s looking. That’s her, that’s Mae."

Friends and family seemed to enjoy paying their respects to the woman who reportedly just "enjoyed living, just enjoyed people."

"When I walked in, I feel like I was in her house and I didn’t hurt so much," sister Sherline Burbank said. "Because it’s more of her, and it’s like she’s not dead. It’s not like a funeral home. It’s like she’s just in the room with us."

"I think it’s amazing ... to capture someone’s actual life, their life-style. They way they lived," family friend Lisa Moore said. She added, "I think that it’s something new and trending; and I think it’s a good way to cross over."

I really don't think there is a right or wrong way to mark the death of a loved one. Of course it's always very sad to say goodbye, but there's also the desire to celebrate the time they spent on Earth. Remembering that person's life and honoring their memory is a good way to help those of us left behind to accept and grieve, and like Kimball said, it will be a long time before anyone forgets Mae-Mae's funeral.

Would you want to be remembered like this at your own funeral?


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