Riley Keough, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, shared a moving tribute for her mother at a memorial held at Graceland, the home of her grandfather Elvis Presley. During the service, her husband Ben Smith-Petersen delivered a speech on her behalf, expressing her gratitude for the 33 years they spent with her mother and remembering her mother’s love and strength.
“I’m eternally grateful to have spent 33 years with you. I’m certain I chose the best mother for me in this world… I remember everything. I remember you giving me baths as a baby. I remember the way you would cuddle me … and the way you smelled,” said Smith-Petersen.
Lisa Marie Presley’s Memorial Service
“I remember all the notes you’d leave in my lunchbox every day. I remember the feeling I’d get when I’d see you picking me up from school … I remember how it felt to be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known. Thank you for showing me love is the only thing that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters,” he continued, revealing he and the actress had welcomed a baby.
“Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity. I’m a product of your heart.”
He concluded, “I hope you finally know how loved you were here. Thank you for trying so hard for us,” he concluded. “If I didn’t tell you every day, thank you.”
Riley Keough Pays Tribute
On Friday, Keough shared a throwback black-and-white photo of herself with her mother to pay tribute. The photo was accompanied with a simple “❤️,” which was her first public statement since her mother’s passing.
Lisa Marie died on January 12, 2021, at the age of 54. She was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles for a cardiac arrest. Lisa Marie is survived by her mother, Priscilla Presley, 77, and her three daughters, Riley Keough, and twins Finley and Harper Lockwood, 14. Unfortunately, she was preceded in death by her son Benjamin Keough, who died by suicide at age 27 in 2020.