A Colorful Goodbye: “To Lilly, Everyone Was Someone”

Usually in this space we offer Friday Fun, a bit of lighter fare heading into the weekend. But yesterday was Lilly Pulitzer’s memorial service.

Robert Sadler Clark/Women's Wear Daily

Robert Sadler Clark/Women’s Wear Daily

We want to share some of the images from that event.

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

It was a colorful crowd.

Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post

Richard Graulich/Palm Beach Post

More from Women’s Wear Daily:

“This isn’t a funeral but a fashion show,” said one member of the packed congregation of local families including the Fanjuls, Lickles, Coniglios, Boardmans, Mercks and Kassatlys.

Lilly Pulitzer Memorial Service 4 Shot Attendees All WWD Robert Sadler Clark

Robert Sadler Clarke/Women’s Wear Daily

The memorial was at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach.

Robert Sadler Clark/Women's Wear Daily

Robert Sadler Clark/Women’s Wear Daily

A closeup of one of the more vivid color combinations seen on the gentlemen.

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News

Old friends greeted one another.

Richard Graulich/

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Attendees were welcomed by Lilly’s step-grandson Adam Boalt, shown lower left, and her grandson Jack McCluskey, lower right.

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Palm Beach Daily News

Those gentlemen handed out programs for the service.

Via Palm Beach

Via Palm Beach

Back to WWD.com:

After her grandchildren Lilly Leas and Bobby and Christopher Leidy read, son Peter Pulitzer’s eulogy had everyone laughing — just as his mother, a tireless hostess famous for her democratic open-door policy and love of a good party, would have wanted.

It was an overflow crowd.

Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

More on Peter Pulitzer’s eulogy from WWD.com:

“There were too many cats, too many dogs, too many people and too many colors, way too many colors,” he said, recalling the exciting cast of characters at breakfast, and her makeovers if guests ever showed up in neutrals. “You couldn’t help but get caught up in her joie de vivre. She taught us how to find that splash of color when we’re low or bored.”

And this portion of the eulogy comes via the Palm Beach Daily News:

She gave and gave and gave, and asked for nothing in return, he said.

“Joyous feelings just oozed out of her.

“She showed us how to enjoy life.”

Pulitzer concluded his remarks by thanking those at the service, “for sharing your lives with our mother.”

Below, we see one of Lilly’s daughters, Liza Pulitzer Calhoun, leaving church after the service. She is escorted by her son, Robert Leidy Jr.

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

From WPBF-TV:

After a final rousing Easter hymn, Lilly Pulitzer’s family streamed out of the church and embraced in memory of a woman who so transformed Palm Beach society that even her funeral looked more like a holiday celebration than a somber remembrance in black.

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post

And the stories. Oh, the stories, you know they had to be fabulous. This one comes via WPBF:

Her friends remembered her as just so much fun; some of them shared their Lilly memories. “I think my son walking her dogs when he was 10 years old,” Suzanne Briley said. “We had a lot of laughs because she got a pig and he refused to walk the pig and that ended his job.”

Loads of Lilly memories have also been shared on the Lilly Pulitzer website.

LillyPulitzer.com

LillyPulitzer.com

Below you see one of Lilly’s youngest descendants, Mary Boalt. The young lady is held aloft by Christopher Leidy, Lilly’s grandson.

The Shiny Sheet/Palm Beach Daily News

The Shiny Sheet/Palm Beach Daily News

I am guessing that perhaps even some new friendships were made.

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

Chris Salata/Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

These words seem a fitting closure to our post today, they come via the Palm Beach Daily News:

In her homily, the Rev. Kate Kelderman recalled her first meeting with Mrs. Rousseau at her house. She felt a bit stodgy in her “boring priestly black” outfit when she was being introduced to the queen of prints and color.

When Kelderman, who was essentially a stranger, was leaving the house, Mrs. Rousseau said to her, “Stop by anytime, door’s always open.

“Lilly said this to everyone,” Kelderman said. “To Lilly, everyone was someone. We were all drawn to her because of her brightness. Lilly embraced life with all its heartaches and joys. She was not afraid of dying, because she wasn’t afraid of living.”

Chris Salata/The Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

Chris Salata/The Palm Beach Daily News Shiny Sheet

For those curious about possible charitable donations, following are the two organizations designated by the family.

American Cancer Society
235 S. County Road # 20
Palm Beach, FL 33480

The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
3100-3200 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

30957149

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4 responses to “A Colorful Goodbye: “To Lilly, Everyone Was Someone”

  1. Four of us were gonna make the 45-minute drive to the church, but at the last minute our plans changed. Once again, you did a fabulous job capturing the moments of the celebration of the life of Ms. Pulitzer and her colorful friends!

  2. RIP Lilly…..queen of pink and green and flowers forever and ever. I know she made many people happy and uplifted through her beautiful vision to create easy, affordable and chic clothes. I for one will treasure each and every LP piece I own!

  3. RIP Lilly! Thank you so much for sharing this! I love that everyone wore Lilly! We have a tribute going on all week over on our blog! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

  4. I am completely sad that I never had a chance to meet her. Hopefully on the other side…

    KK

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