Teena Marie, the ‘Ivory Queen of Soul’, was finally laid to rest on Monday afternoon. Her remains were cremated and a private memorial was held Forest Lawn Cemetery’s Liberty Hall in California. As you may already know, the singer passed away a day after Christmas in her sleep from natural causes at the age of 54. The singer was discovered by her daughter who was also celebrating her 19th birthday Christmas Day.
In attendance, one time mentor and Motown founder Barry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder and Shanice Wilson. While Gordy spoke in memory of the soulful singer Shanice and Smokey Robinson as well as Marie’s daughter Alia Rose sang spirituals.
May your soul rest in peace Teena Marie.