NEW YORK — She was surely beauty’s grandest dame, and befitting that status, Estée Lauder was celebrated by this city’s elite from the stage of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center Monday morning in a final farewell.

Lauder, who died April 24, was warmly praised and richly remembered in a memorial service that featured Gov. George E. Pataki; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Richard Parsons, chief executive officer of AOL Time Warner; Barbara Walters, ABC-TV broadcaster, and Marvin Traub, former Bloomingdale’s chairman and ceo and partner of Financo Inc.

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