Music legend Natalie Cole was finally laid to rest on Monday, 11 Jan, 2016 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA where her parents are buried.
Before then at the West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles, family and friends remembered the singer as a kind, giving and loving friend in the nearly three-hour funeral which featured salutes from some of musicʼs biggest names including David Foster, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder who said, “We speak of love, talk of love, but we donʼt do love. Weʼve got a lot of work to do Natalie,” he said before singing a soulful rendition of “The Lordʼs Prayer.”
Natalieʼs 38-year-old son Robert Adam Yancy was grateful for all the love showered in his motherʼs memory, but he told the audience, “I simply just want to talk about my mom. What a woman!” he said as the crowd clapped. “I was blessed to have someone who loved me, cared for me and taught me how to love. Today for me is a glorious day. Iʼve shed my tears and had my moments.” After a pause, he continued, “She was my rock! The greatest thing she ever gave me was Jesus,” he said as the attendees looked on.
Coleʼs twin sisters shared memories of her being the boss of them, always looking out and being protective. They also said to the world she was Natalie, to them she was “Sweetie.” And their kids called Natalie, “Auntee Sweetie.”
Gladys Knight, Eddie Levert, Chaka Khan and Jeffrey Osborne were among the many celebrities who came out to bid their friend farewell.
The most powerful performance of the day came from Kurt Carr and his singers when Yvette Williams led his classic “For Every Mountain.” The song had everyone on their feet, including Foster and other luminaries.