updated 02/18/2012 AT 6:45 PM ET
•originally published 02/18/2012 AT 7:15 PM ET
“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.
“He came in for a little while and then he left,” she said. “I didn’t see any altercation.”