This Woman’s Last Party Turned Out to Be Her Funeral, Complete With Ciroc

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Marie Mae Mae Burbanks died at 53 and her daughters held a party funeral in her honor.

Marie “Mae Mae” Burbanks

Reported by Krystle Crossman

When you think of a funeral, you picture black clothing, sobbing relatives, and sad music. That is not how 53-year-old Miriam Marie “Mae Mae” Burbank’s funeral went. Her daughters wanted a special party to celebrate their mother’s life instead of mourning her death. When the New Orleans resident passed away on June 1st, her daughters knew that they had to throw a great party for her.Burbank was said to have lived a full and happy life and her daughters wanted their mom to be remembered for that.

As guests entered the funeral, they found a table set up with Burbank sitting in a chair. She had a menthol cigarette between her fingers. There was a case of Busch beer on the floor next to her, with a can on the table. She also had a wine glass in front of her. There was a photo frame with a picture of her smiling. A disco ball spun on the floor to complete the celebration scene. She was also a lover of the New Orleans Saints, so there were two small plastic Saints helmets in front of her. The daughters also made sure that her fingernails painted black and gold to commemorate the team she loved. This is not the first time someone has had a non-traditional funeral.

When boxer Christopher Rivera Amaro was murdered, he was commemorated at his funeral by having his corpse erëcted in the corner of a makeshift ring. People were taking photos with the body at the funeral. Here’s another example of a non-traditional way to honor a person upon deαth: A Dallas, TX man loved Christmas so much that he had a Christmas-theme wake. He was dressed as Santa sitting in a chair surrounded by presents and a Christmas tree.

At the end of the day, what some people want is to be remembered fondly, and the aforementioned found a way to do that even in the afterlife.



  1. jean

    June 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    just a little creepy, but to each is own

  2. Clyde W. Wallace

    June 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    You should have what you want.
    It your Funeral for the one you love.
    plan it set it up before it to late.

    God Bless
    Clyde W. Wallace

  3. Sistagirl from the Boogie Down Bronx

    June 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Disturbing… How about just celebrating the life of the deceased in words, song, dance and remembrances? Too much!

  4. ericaf

    June 13, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Ultimate in tacky. Real n!??€rness

  5. SitUpStraight

    June 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Is there really a place called Hell?? If so, make room for at least 3 more.

  6. kimberly

    June 13, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Okay I hate to be cruel but I would never do this to a loved one!Oh god no!I would be dreaming about them sitting up at the party funeral like that every night and drinking 20 cups of coffee terrified to go to sleep!

  7. SweetTweet

    June 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Years ago in Chicago, a local drug dealer had his deceased son sitting upright in a car shaped casket with $100 bills between the fingers on each hand. He was also gunned down a few years later. I believe his funeral was elaborate and different.

    • Regina

      June 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I remember that funeral and the father paid $100,000 for the funeral.

  8. Regina

    June 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    ROFLMAO. All of you complainers need to pull the stick out of your a$$es and get a life. The doom and gloom of a funeral is so boring and stupid. As for h-e-l-l, puleeze.

    You only live and die once. Funerals are to be celebration of one’s life. Let this be a celebration of her death as well.

  9. Moziah

    June 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    You must remember Ms. MCLaurin, the traditional way of funeral was never our way, that’s the European Engish way. Look how the Vikings(the orginals Vikings*Black*, not who they want you to think are Vikings with blonde hair and blue eyes). Also look into other cultures from Africa(Asia) and you see how funerals were held and still are to this day. You’re just not use to this type of thing. Like what they do in New Orleans. Look how the Egyptians(Africans) were buried and do you think their funerals was anything less than what their mummfication are? Minorities have always taken it to another level, this isn’t anything new. Look at our glorious history. and if she did go out with a beer, wig, sunglasses and cigarette. We don’t know whom she has influenced in a positive way. You remember how the 2 thieves were living and what JESUS said to one of them that was on the cross. Or how about the woman accused of adultrey or the Samaritan woman at the well.
    People are so quick to judge something we don’t understand or don’t see as normal. When its the top 3-5% who delegate what is normal to the rest of society, whom themselves don’t even follow.
    It don’t matter what we do as a people. there is still going to be something out there that some race or individuals will be unhappy about as far as its concerns us. Especially within out own. Sto trying to look good for them and just do for you(us).


    June 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

    this story is so unbelievable that it might be true..really?? really??come on naaaaa..what a spectacle :\

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