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Riley Keough’s husband, Ben Smith-Petersen, reads her note to “Mama” Lisa Marie

In Memoriam. At the memorial service of Lisa Marie Presley, son-in-law Ben Smith Petersen shared a tribute from his wife, Riley Keough.

“A letter to my mama,” the 31-year-old stuntman who married the 33-year-old Zola actress in 2015 – said during the Sunday, Jan. 22, service, reading Keough’s note aloud. “Thank you for being my mother in this life. I am eternally grateful to have spent 33 years with you. I am sure that I chose the best mother for me in this world and I knew that as far back as I can remember.

Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley. Mediapunch/Shutterstock

He continued: “I remember everything. I remember you bathing me as a baby, I remember you listening to Aretha Franklin in my car seat. I remember the way you hugged me when I came into your bed at night and how you smelled. … I remember you singing me and my brother [Benjamin Keough] lullabies at night and how you lay with us until you fell asleep. I remember what it felt like to be loved by the most loving mother I’ve ever known.”

Presley – who died on Jan. 12 at age 54 – shared Riley and Benjamin, who committed suicide in 2020, with ex-husband Danny Keough. The late “Storm & Grace” singer was also the mother of twins Harper and Finley, both 14, whom she co-parented with her former husband Michael Lockwood.

The Presley Family — led by matriarch Priscilla Presley, who shared her only child with late ex-husband Elvis Presley – attended a funeral service for Lisa Marie at Graceland on Sunday. During the memorial, Smith-Petersen tearfully read his bride’s message.

“I remember how safe it felt to be in our arms. I remember that feeling as a kid and I remember sitting on your couch two weeks ago,” said the Australian resident. “Thank you for showing me that love is all that matters in this life. I hope I can love my daughter as you loved me, as you loved my brother and my sisters.

The Daisy Jones and the Six actress, who met Smith-Petersen on the set of Mad Max: Fury Gone, previously broke her silence over her mother’s death on Friday, January 20. Riley posted a throwback photo of the pair, captioned with a red heart emoji.

“Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity,” Smith-Petersen concluded his wife’s speech on Sunday. “I am a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart. We are you, you are us, my eternal love. I hope you finally know how loved you were here. Thank you for trying so hard for us. If I didn’t tell you every day, thank you.

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