A New Orleans socialite’s final wish was that she host her memorial service, presiding over the event just as she would have when she was alive.
The body Marycathyrn "Mickey" Easterling, 83, was dressed to the nines for her memorial service Tuesday at the Saenger Theater.
Easterling, who died April 14, was no ordinary octogenarian and her final farewell wasn’t one either.
She sported a pin that read “#1 Bitch,” a glass of champagne in one hand and a cigarette holder in the other.
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"She was a true Bon Vivant, living life to its fullest each day, bringing her energy and enthusiasm to all that she did. And she did a lot. She was exceptionally active in charitable activities, giving generously of her time and money, especially to cultural and charitable events for children," said her obituary.
"She loved the limelight. She loved the attention," her daughter, Nanci Myke Easterling, told the Times-Picayune. "She was flamboyant. She had flair. She was outrageous."
"Only in New Orleans could something like this happen," friend Tony Bordlee said.