Funeral service is expectedly sad and a gloomy affair, but this grandmother had the most unique way of lightening the mood.
While gag gifts are quite common for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions, Jo Marie Perryman, who passed away on October 12 at age 81 in Breckenridge, Texas, left everyone in stitches after revealing her final gift to the family at her funeral service.
Her granddaughter Gracie Perryman posted the hysterical gift on Twitter and immediately spread laughter over the internet.
Jo Marie had arranged for people at her funeral to be given an unusual gift – a Ouija board! – complete with a humorous comment.
Gracie’s post shows a photo of the small Ouija board stuck on one side of a card. The other side has her grandmother’s hilarious message: “Let’s keep in touch!”
It was a cheeky way for her to remind attendees at her funeral that she really wasn’t all that far away. The gift included a picture of Jo Marie sticking her tongue out and giving the finger.
Gracie wrote alongside the photo, “Received this at my grandma’s funeral. What an icon.”
In August, Jo Marie informed her network on Facebook that “everyone will be gifted their very own Ouija board” at her funeral.
Despite the announcement, Grace was surprised when her grandmother fulfilled her promise. She recalled thinking, “What on Earth is this?” while opening the gift at the funeral. Suddenly there was laughter in the room as 30 to 40 people opened their gifts as well.
A Ouija board, which is also known as a spirit board or talking board, is a flat board that has the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words “yes” or “no”, and other symbols and graphics.
People can supposedly communicate with the dead during a séance with a Ouija board, by moving a planchette to spell out messages.
This was certainly an unexpected but truly comical gift to receive a funeral. Jo Marie’s own obituary was a testament to her joking nature.
It stated, “She had a quick wit and a clever sense of humor, which kept everyone who knew her on their toes. lt was rare to win a battle of wits with her.”
Jo Marie loved spending time with her family, and was known for being compassionate and understanding. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, and reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels.
She was famed for her chicken enchiladas, burritos, fried chicken, and Christmas candies. She also loved playing video games and could even win against her children.
Posted on Twitter October 19, the photo has now generated over 722,000 likes and triggered multiple reactions.
One wrote, “This is amazing… I am going to do this when I die in honor of your badass grandma! May she rest in peace!”
Another user remarked, “I am so sorry for your loss. However, this is the stuff of LEGENDS! And now, you have it to look at whenever you feel down.”
Another added, “I’m so sorry for your loss. My first reaction is that your grandma had a wonderful sense of humor, and her wanting to bring some light to the heaviness of grief is so sweet.”
Some even shared their own experience after losing someone they loved, “The last time I got to talk to my best friend, before ovarian cancer took her, I asked her to send me a postcard from her next adventure. I get little signs every once and awhile. It’s a nice thing so this just make the messaging easier.”
Someone even shared a photo of what was given to them during a departed loved one’s service.
The beloved grandmother is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, and other family members who loved her dearly and miss her already.
Another legendary grandmother ensured that her funeral would be a time of celebration by setting the ground rules in a TikTok video.
In the video, Lillian Droniak, 92, instructed her family to not cry too much and embarrass themselves. Better yet, she asked everyone to take shots and even get drunk at her funeral!
Lillian kept her humor to the end, saying, “I joke about death because it will happen to all of us, as scary as that is,” and we “might as well laugh about it.”
These grandmothers are unbelievably funny and literally had the last laugh! Their last messages and instructions show that we shouldn’t let death seize our sense of humor.
They show how much they love their family, and how important is if for them to make their funerals and final moments a time for family and friends to bond and share their love for one another.