Doris Day Said No to a Trio of Things

No funeral, memorial service, or headstone
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2019 1:40 PM CDT
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This 1962 photo provided by Michael Raphael shows actress and singer Doris Day at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in Los Angeles. Day died Monday, May 13, 2019, at her home in the Carmel Valley in Northern California. She was 97.   (Michael Raphael via AP)
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(Newser) – If you want to pay tribute to Doris Day, you won't be able to head to a cemetery. Best you can do is go to a corner of the internet. A statement posted to the Doris Day Animal Foundation's website states that Day made clear she wanted "no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker." Manager Bob Bashara tells People he's not exactly sure why, but that she was "shy" and tried to skirt the subject of her arrangements.

"She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down," he says. "She had difficulty accepting death." In honor of her "passionate work on behalf of dogs, cats, horses, sea lions, raptors and other animals" needing care, those fans and friends who want to remember her are asked to visit www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org. (In 2017, Day's birth certificate brought a surprise.)

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