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Aug 14 09 11:57 AM
By RUSSELL CONTRERAS
Associated Press Writer
Special Olympians Lead Funeral Mass for
Maria Shriver Remembers Her
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the presidential sister who founded the Special Olympics, was celebrated Friday
at a funeral Mass as a fearless warrior for the voiceless who changed the world for millions and an unconventional woman who smoked Cuban cigars and
played tackle football.
"She was scary smart and not afraid to show it," Maria Shriver said of her mother, who died Tuesday at age 88.
"If she were here today ... she would pound this podium ... and ask each of you what you have done today to better the world."
The Special Olympics torch led a procession for Shriver past thousands of onlookers who lined the streets outside St. Francis
Xavier Roman Catholic Church as friends, family and athletes from the movement she founded in 1968 gathered for the private service.
Shriver's only living brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been battling brain cancer, did not attend the funeral.
Maria Shriver and her husband, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined other family members to carry the casket into the
church, the same place where the two were married 23 years earlier.
Standing with her four brothers during her eulogy, Maria Shriver said her "Mummy" liked to hang with the guys, but
all her heroes - except her brother, Jack - were women. She said she was grateful her mother's life and work were getting so much attention, and
that young women in particular saw a role model who never conformed to what society might have wanted.
"Mummy wore men's pants, smoked Cuban cigars and she played tackle football," she said. "Our mother never
rested, she never stopped. She was momentum on wheels."
Loretta Claiborne, a former Special Olympics athlete and longtime friend of Shriver's, delivered welcoming remarks at the
service, also attended by Vice President Joe Biden, Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
"She was chosen to have a life to serve others, the weakest of the weak, the castaways, the throwaways of society, at the
time they would say the mentally retarded, and I am one of those people," Claiborne said.
Shriver's 19 grandchildren each offered prayers - giving thanks to her for teaching them to sail, for insisting girls are
equal to boys, and for the lesson of helping those in need. The two-hour service wrapped up with a rousing rendition of "When the Saints Go
Shriver's husband, R. Sargent Shriver, a 1972 vice presidential candidate who has Alzheimer's disease, also was at the
service. Maria Shriver said her father never minded when her mother's hair was unkempt or she beat him in a game of tennis.
"He let her rip and he let her roar, and he loved everything about her," she said.
The crowds of people outside, including residents, tourists and Special Olympians, were largely silent for the procession as
the church bell rang and a lone bagpipe whined. After the Mass, many in the crowd clapped as family members carried the casket out of the church
while others snapped photos.
She was buried at the St. Francis Xavier parish cemetery in nearby Centerville after a brief private graveside service.
Mourners lit candles from the Special Olympics torch, and her son, Tim, the chairman of Special Olympics International, called
forward the athletes who were there to be nearer to the casket.
Three Irish musicians who were sent to the service by Bono led the group in singing Bob Dylan's "Forever
The opening funeral procession was led by law enforcers and athletes, including Marguerite Heffernan, of Harwich, a Special
Olympian in 1968, and her 27-year-old son Shawn, from Orleans, who carried the Special Olympics torch.
"It was great," said Shawn Heffernan, who has won 49 swimming medals. "I'd done it before, but this was
His mother held her swimming medals from 1971 and recalled the impact Shriver had made on their lives.
"She helped open doors," she said. "We gained freedom from hiding."
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