"Survivor's guilt, some would say, but a broken heart was the doing of her death," the 77-year-old read in an emotional tribute to her only child with Elvis.
Priscilla Presley is grieving the loss of her daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who was the only child of the rock legend Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie died on January 12 after being rushed to the hospital for a cardiac arrest. She was just 54 years old at the time of her passing. Priscilla paid tribute to her late daughter at her Graceland memorial service on Sunday, January 22.
I have no words…only a broken heart! Rest in Peace, beautiful Lisa Marie Presley.Please let us all Pray for Priscilla🙏She’s been through so much. An incredibly beautiful person who has been through oh so much. God Bless her and Family! I believe in the power of praying hands. pic.twitter.com/6N3t4GoZCe— Tony Orlando (@TonyOrlando) January 13, 2023
The service was held at the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee and was attended by Priscilla, Lisa Marie's daughter Riley Keough, half-brother Navarone Garcia, ex-husband Michael Lockwood, their 14-year-old twin daughters Finley and Harper and late son Benjamin's girlfriend Diana Jay.
Friends, family and other mourners in Memphis paid tribute tribute to Lisa Marie Presley on Sunday as she was laid to rest at Graceland. She was buried there along with her son, Benjamin Keough, and her father, Elvis Presley. https://t.co/JxIDAxzlfb pic.twitter.com/8vpIbwy16w— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 22, 2023
In a moving speech, the 77-year-old actress and businesswoman said, "I'm going to read something that my granddaughter wrote for all of you, and this says it all," she began, according to PEOPLE.
Her granddaughter called Lisa Marie "an icon, a role model, a superhero to many people all over the world" but to her, her mother Lisa Marie whom she referred to as "Mama" was her "icon, my role model, my superhero — in much more ways than one,'" said Priscilla. "Even now, I can't get across everything there is to be understood or known about her, but as she always said, I'll do my best," she read further.
She next read a poem titled, The Old Soul, written about Lisa Marie's life. "In 1968, she entered our world, born tired, fragile, yet strong. She was delicate but was filled with life. She always knew she wouldn't be here too long," said Priscilla.
"Childhood passes by, with a glimpse of her green eye, she then grew a family of her own. Then came her second child, leaving her with suspicion — could this be the angel that takes me home?"
The poem continued, "'Time, of course, flew by. It was time for a tragedy. She knew it was close to the end. Survivor's guilt, some would say, but a broken heart was the doing of her death. Now, she is home where she always belonged, but my heart is missing her love.'"
As Priscilla came to the end of the poem, she got emotional while reciting the words, "'She knew that I loved her. I fear I would never touch her. But the old soul is always with me. She doesn't drift above.' That says it all, and thank you all for being here… Our heart is broken. Lisa, we all love you."
Priscilla Presley remembered her daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, during her memorial service. pic.twitter.com/ILwGdR5IVj— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 22, 2023
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