About 1 500 people were invited to the service on Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. Houston sung in the church choir there as a child.
Houston died on February 11 in California, the day before the Grammy awards. She was 48.
A gospel choir was rehearsing in the church hours before the service, and roses and lilies surround the pulpit.
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