Anna Nicole Smith is set to be buried in the Bahamas on Friday. The news comes after Smith’s mother, Virgie Arther, lost her appeal in Florida on Wednesday to have judge Judge Larry Seidlin’s decision to give custody of Anna’s body to baby Dannielynn’s custodial guardian. The court-appointed guardian, Richard Milstein, decided Anna should be buried in the Bahamas with her late son Daniel, instead of her home state of Texas, where Arthur had wanted.
Virgie Arthur met her granddaughter for the first time on Tuesday night, Feb. 27. According to Entertainment Tonight, Virgie saw the baby for a 15 minute visit in the Bahamas at the home Anna shared with Howard K. Stern. Stern told ET he would not let Virgie touch or wake the sleeping child.
Back in Florida, Broward County Judge Lawrence Korda rejected jurisdiction in the paternity suit brought by Anna’s ex-lover Larry Birkhead and tossed the case back to California. “They have jurisdiction for a number of reasons, apparently the act of conception being what the petition requires in terms of jurisdiction for California,” Korda said. He did grant Birkhead the right to get a DNA sample from Anna.
Friday’s memorial service for Anna Nicole is expected to be an extravagant affair. “It will be a very beautiful Anna Nicole send-off,” Patrik Simpson, a friend of Smith’s told the Associated Press. “Of course it will be over the top because it’s Anna Nicole.” A church service, with about 300 guests, will be held and a well-known but singer is rumored to perform. Then a private burial at Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums will follow for close friends and family. Patrik Simpson said Anna will be buried in a custom gown and a “very elegant” casket.