Monday, December 27, 2010
As I told you earlier today, the amount we had in Myrna's account (the account at Premier America Credit Union to which the fans have so generously donated) was $1,099.60 & I was hoping it would be enough to cover her cremation if we needed to pay for that.
First I will tell you that neither Myrna's brother (John) nor her son (Martin) came forward to pay for Myrna's final expenses. I received a request from John to give him the money to pay for the cremation. I said I would only pay the money directly to the establishment providing cremation services.
The total amount due to The Alpha Society was $1,110.63 - this amount covers cremation, pick up of the body, completing & filing documents required upon death, and the urn for Myrna's ashes. I made up the small amount we were short & left $9 in the account to cover a monthly service charge of $4.50 for Dec. & Jan. (there is a service charge only when the account drops below the minimum).
Today (12/27/10) I sent our check to The Alpha Society to pay the $1,110.63. I believe Myrna is watching & knows that her Elvis Family was there for her to take care of her final arrangements. I know she appreciates it & loves you very much for all you have done. Bless you all for caring & for being Myrna's true family.
Dear Fans, you are the only ones who were there for Myrna (i) to pay Canyon Oaks so Myrna could stay there & get the care she needed & (ii) to pay Myrna's final expenses.
I will keep you informed & let you know if plans are made to somehow celebrate Myrna's life. Two of Myrna's friends have mentioned doing something, we will wait & see.
Sincere thanks to all the fans. My personal thanks also for the sweet Emails I have received. I love you all.
More than a little late, but Elvis Presley Enterprises finally acknowledged Myrna Smith of The Sweet Inspirations. Today, 3 days after her passing they sent out their fan club newsletter with this blurb at the bottom (No photo, no personal sentiment):
Remembering Myrna Smith
We regret to inform you of the passing of Myrna Smith on Friday night, Christmas Eve. Myrna was singer and song-writer, and a member of the group Sweet Inspirations, who recorded and performed with Elvis Presley from 1969-1977. She also sang back-up for other stars including Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
Along with their professional relationship, Myrna and Elvis were also close friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.
I wish they would have let the fans know Myrna was sick and acknowledged her while she was with us. Because although there are many fan sites, Elvis.com has the power to reach an incredible number of fans.Unfortunately, EPE has changed so much since Patsy Andersen has left the building. Just my opinion.
This is a difficult Email to send, but it is what is best for Myrna. I think many of you already know, but Myrna passed approx. 1:45 PM Pacific (California) time Dec, 24. She is now with the Lord & she is again well & singing. I'm sorry I didn't get this out sooner.
I know the plans are for a cremation. My guess is the urn with Myrna's ashes will be taken back to her house & put on the mantel next to those of her mother (this is an assumption on my part). When I get information, I will pass it along. Myrna's brother (John) has said he does not have any money to take care of final arrangements. We currently have $1,099 in Myrna's account that has been donated by fans &, I believe, that may be just enough for cremation. Please do not send any more donations at this time. We need to first find out what is needed.
All of you are Myrna's true family. You are the ones who stepped forward to help Myrna when she needed help. Myrna knew that you loved her & cared about her, & she truly loved you for it.
|Photo by Megan Murphy - backinmemphis.com|
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