Bobbi Kristina ‘Broke Down’ at Whitney Houston’s Funeral: Mourner

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown

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updated 02/18/2012 AT 6:45 PM ET

originally published 02/18/2012 AT 7:15 PM ET

Whitney Houston’s funeral was as emotional as it appeared to those watching online, one mourner who attended tells PEOPLE.

“It was really beautiful a lot of people were crying,” says Denise Council, who attended the ceremony at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.

Council – who met Whitney years ago and whose husband went to school with the late singer – kept an eye on Houston’s daughter during the ceremony.

“Bobbi Kristina broke down, but she was good,” says Council. “She was up in the first row … and [did] pretty good, all considering. [Whitney’s mother] Cissy was wonderful.”

“My favorite part was when Tyler Perry spoke,” adds Council, a member of the church. “It was very good.” She also took note of some well-known mourners in attendance.

“I did see Queen Latifah and Ray J’s sister, Brandy.” And despite his headline-making appearance, Council adds that Bobby Brown did not cause a stir as far as she could see.

“He came in for a little while and then he left,” she said. “I didn’t see any altercation.”


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