“Singer Whitney Houston was laid to rest this morning in a private burial service in Westfield N.J.’s Fairview Cemetery.
She was buried next to her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003.
A small procession of limos followed the hearse carrying her casket as it headed toward the cemetery with a police-escorted motorcade.
The actually site where Houston was buried cannot be seen by any of the media on the ground.
The burial follows a nearly four-hour “home going” ceremony Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.
Houston’s mother Cissy Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, were joined by mourners at the invitation-only service.
“I never told you that when you were born, the Holy Spirit told me that you would not be with me long,” Cissy Houston wrote in the funeral program, The Associated Press reported Saturday. “And I thank God for the beautiful flower he allowed me to raise and cherish for 48 years.”
There were musical tributes from some of the biggest names in the industry including Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys.
The audience included the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey.
A tearful Alicia Keyes remembered how Houston would reach out to young artists.
“[She] made us feel strong and capable and loved,” Keyes said before she sang.
Aretha Franklin, who had been confirmed as a performer, said Saturday she would not sing at Houston’s funeral. “Unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles,” Franklin said in a statement. “My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. . . ” ABCNews.go.com
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