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New Orleans woman celebrated party-style at unorthodox funeral

in.reuters.com Published: June 13, 2014
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(Reuters) - When Miriam "Mae-Mae" Burbank succumbed to cancer earlier this month, her New Orleans family determined the funeral would be no ordinary celebration of her life.

Instead of a traditional casket, the deceased 53-year-old was seated at a table for the two days of services that concluded Friday, with a menthol cigarette in hand, disco balls overhead, a can of her preferred Busch beer in front of her and a bottle of Jack Daniels within reach, Reuters reports.

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