Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown
'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."