Priscilla Presley led her family in tributes to her late daughter at an emotional memorial service Sunday morning.
She shared a poem by one of Lisa Marie Presley’s 14-year-old daughters, in which she called her mother ‘an icon, a role model and a superhero.’
The poem read: ‘She always knew she wouldn’t be here too long… some say a broken heart killed her,’ referring to her son, Benjamin’s untimely death by suicide in July 2020.
Speaking for herself, the 77-year-old grieving mother then added: ‘Our hearts are broken. Lisa we all love you.’
Lisa Marie’s other daughter, actress Riley Keough, was apparently too overcome with grief to stand up on stage and provide her eulogy herself, so she had her husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, read it for her.
Their speeches came just moments before Lisa Marie, 54, was buried at the Memphis estate next to her father, Elvis, and her son Benjamin.
Priscilla Presley led her family’s tributes to her late daughter at a memorial service on Sunday
Ben Smith-Petersen read his wife, Riley Keough’s, eulogy for her mother
Her remarks came after Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson said she will always be with Lisa Marie Presley’s 14-year-old daughters
Priscilla Presley and other members of Lisa Marie Presley’s family gathered ahead of the ceremony
Lisa Marie Presley’s coffin remained out during the memorial service
In the eulogy, Riley, 33, shared how she is ‘certain’ she ‘chose the best mother in this world’ before describing some of the memories she has of her mother.
‘I remember you driving me in my car seat playing Aretha Franklin,’ she shared in the eulogy. ‘I remember the feeling I’d get when you picked me up from school.’
‘Thank you for showing me that love is the only thing that matters in this world,’ she concluded, noting that she and her late brother, as well as her half-sisters are ‘products of your heart.
‘We are you, you are us,’ Riley wrote. ‘Thank you for trying so hard for all of us.’
But the first eulogy of the morning was from talent agent Jerry Schilling, who described how he first met Lisa Marie Presley shortly after she was born.
‘I always called Lisa Marie “Memphis,”‘ he shared. ‘She had that cadence.’
He told how Lisa Marie served as his assistance, before he started managing the singer-songwriter, and serving in her weddings.
‘Memphis, I will always love you,’ Schilling said.
Meanwhile, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson vowed to always be around for Lisa Marie’s children, sharing how she considered the rock n’ roll princess her ‘sissy.’
The duchess shared how was with Lisa Marie her entire life, and vowed to do the same for her 14-year-old twins, as well as her older daughter, Riley.
‘We march forward in support of you.’
Priscilla Presley shared how ‘our hearts are broken. Lisa, we all love you,’ while her granddaughter, actress Riley Keough, right, was too overcome with grief to speak
The Tennessee Mass Choir led the service with a rendition of Amazing Grace
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet performed for the service on Sunday
Singer Axl Rose performed November Rain in Lisa Marie Presley’s memory
Singer Alanis Morissette performed Rest in Lisa Marie Presley’s memory
Billy Corgan sang To Sheila on acoustic guitar at the memorial service
Lisa Marie Presley, 54, was last seen in public on January 10 (above) at the Golden Globes
Lisa Marie did not want the memorial service to be sad, film producer Joel Weinshanker said as the service began Sunday morning.
‘Lisa we will try to honor you,’ he said, ‘try to honor your wishes.’
Former Memphis Mayor AC Wharton also shared how Lisa Marie ‘was the jewel of this city.’
‘Lisa Marie was all Memphis,’ he said. ‘She belonged to us, and we belonged to her.’
Wharton added that Lisa Marie’s ‘spirit will liv in a collective memory of a city that loved her tenderly, loved her truly and loved her fully.’
Her coffin was on display to the public during the celebration of life at the family’s Graceland estate, and fans were allowed to view Lisa Marie’s headstone, where they could leave flowers or other offerings, following the ceremony.
Hundreds of fans are pictured lining up outside Graceland Sunday morning for the service
Fans gathered outside the tent reserved for family and friends to pay their respects
Lisa Marie Presley’s resting place has been unveiled at Graceland ahead of her funeral as her family prepares to lay her to rest next to her son and her famous father
An attendant handed out programs to the arriving fans on Sunday morning
Thousands of mourners descended on Graceland Sunday morning for Lisa Marie Presley’s funeral service
A fan gathers outside Graceland on Sunday to pay her respects to the princess of rock n’ roll
A fan stops to look at a growing memorial being built for the ‘jewel’ of Memphis
Even some younger Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie Presley fans were in attendance on Sunday
Fans gathered around the memorial service to pay their respects for the princess
Presley — the only child of rock legend Elvis — suffered a cardiac arrest at her Calabasas home, and died at a hospital in Los Angeles on January 12.
Her mother Priscilla was by her side and the family, on being told she was brain dead, made the decision to sign a Do Not Resuscitate order.
The LA County Coroner announced on Tuesday that it would be deferring the results of her official cause of death pending the results of a toxicology test – which could take years.
The memorial service will take place at the Graceland estate in Memphis, where a 450-room hotel has sold out
A schedule of events for the public memorial service shows there will be performances by Alanis Morissette and Axl Rose, with eulogies from mother Priscilla and daughter, Riley
Fans stood behind a blue rope with their phones out awaiting the ceremony on Sunday
Fans started lining up at 5am for the memorial service on Sunday
Celebrity couple Austin Butler, who played Elvis in a recent biopic, and Kaia Gerber are seen arriving at the memorial service on Sunday
Ahead of the ceremony, Lisa Marie’s gray marble sarcophagus sat next to her burial spot in the exact same spot as her son’s. Photos of the pair together have been placed in front of their monuments.
Benjamin’s resting place had to be moved slightly to accommodate his mother’s.
The plaque that will cover the gravesite was also covered with a tarp for protection during the service.
It drew thousands of fans to downtown Memphis, with the New York Times reporting that Graceland’s 450-room hotel was completely sold-out, and hotels near the museum and Beale Street ‘seeing an uptick in last minute reservations for the weekend.’
Lisa Marie will be laid to rest next to Benjamin, who took his own life in 2020
Photos of the two of them together have been laid by their resting places
The pair’s plots are across from her famous father Elvis
Riley Keough landed in Memphis for the event Saturday night.
Keough, 33, arrived in a private jet shortly after her grandmother Priscilla Presley and her former stepfather Michael Lockwood landed.
Lockwood was Lisa Marie’s fourth and final husband, and the father of her 14-year-old twin daughters Harper and Finley.
Keough’s father is Lisa Marie’s first husband, actor Danny Keough, who remained close to the troubled star and was living with her at the time of her death, performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
She was accompanied by her husband, Australian stuntman Smith-Peterson.
Dressed down in sweatpants, with her hair loose, Keough lit a cigarette outside the airport.
She also appeared to be carrying a baby, although she herself does not have children.
It was the first time she had been seen since her mother’s sudden death.
Keough had earlier posted a touching tribute post on Instagram for her mother – the first time she’s acknowledged her death.
She posted a photo of her mother looking adoringly down at her as a small child while she gazed back with a soft smile on her face.
Presley’s oldest child simply captioned the heartbreaking post with a red heart.
An airplane parked at Graceland bears Lisa Marie Presley’s name
Fans at the memorial service were handed a booklet featuring a picture of the late singer-songwriter
Fans carried flowers as they stood behind a roped-off section at Graceland
Two Elvis Presley fans held up their copies of the program for the memorial service
A tent was pitched for family and friends, with a stage for speeches and performances
Eager fans waited outside of security in the early Sunday hours
Fans waited outside in Memphis with their phones at the ready for the memorial to begin
The scene outside the Graceland gates in Memphis Sunday morning
Fans are pictured visiting Graceland ahead of the memorial service Sunday
Several fans of the king of rock n’ roll left flowers on rocks outside the estate
Presley grew up fearing her own mortality after she found her father dead at the age of nine, traumatizing her.
She often spoke of her own death and even referred to the backyard at the Graceland estate as a ‘graveyard.’
‘How many people have a family grave in the backyard? How many people are reminded of their fate, of their mortality, every f**king day? All the graves are lined up and there’s a spot there, waiting for me, right next to my grandmother,’ she told Playboy in 2003.
Despite her fear, the singer believed she had many more years to live.
Last Sunday she told her friend David Kessler, who works as a grief counselor, that she had ‘so much to do.’
The pair were at the Graceland estate to celebrate what would have been Elvis’ 88th birthday.
Presley, who rarely made public appearances since her son’s death, told the adoring crowd: ‘You are the only people who can bring me out of the house.’
She added: ‘I’m not kidding. I love you back and that’s why I’m here.’
Presley’s daughter, actress Riley Keough, is pictured arriving at Graceland on Saturday
She arrived shortly after her grandmother, Priscilla, right, got off the plan with some friends
Keough, left, and Priscilla, right, are seen deplaning. Keough was carrying an unknown baby
Back on August 30, Lisa revealed she makes a conscious choice every single day to stay alive for her 33-year-old daughter and 14-year-old fraternal twin daughters Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love (pictured in 2021)
Lisa Marie is seen with her four children: twins Harper and Finley, now 14; Riley, 33; and Benjamin, who killed himself in July 2020 aged 27
Several of the Presleys also died from heart conditions, including her own father, who died in 1977 at the age of 42 from cardiac arrhythmia with ventricular fibrillation – a condition where the heart beats abnormally and then stops.
Her grandmother, Gladys Love Presley, died at the age of 46 from heart failure, and her grandfather, Vernon Elvis Presley, died at 63 from cardiac arrest.
In lieu of flowers, the Presley family is asking mourners to donate to the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, helping underprivileged children in Memphis.