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March 2nd, 2007 under Anna Nicole Smith

Only ET was inside the church for the emotional farewell as ANNA NICOLE SMITH was buried next to her son DANIEL Friday morning. It was the final chapter in the story that has captivated the country since Anna's sudden death a little over three weeks ago in a Florida hotel room. LARRY BIRKHEAD and HOWARD K. STERN arrived first. The two shook hands once inside the church. Emotions ran high as both men wept before the service started. Also on hand was country singer JOE NICHOLS, who sang two songs requested by Howard — "I'll Wait for You" and DOLLY PARTON's "Wings of a Dove" — which is said to have been Anna's favorite country song. Anna met the singer at the Grand Ole Opry back in 2005 and was a fan of Nichols' music. About 100 mourners gathered to celebrate Anna's life, including her former assistant KIM WALTHER, TRIMSPA CEO ALEX GOEN, rocker SLASH of GUNS N' ROSES fame and Howard's family. Many wore black and pink ribbons, Anna's two favorite colors. Anna's nearly six-months-old baby girl, DANNIELYNN, did not attend the service, and was kept out of the public eye at an undisclosed location. Anna's estranged mother VIRGIE ARTHUR made a last-ditch attempt to stop the funeral on Friday, but was denied in Bahamian court. She was among the last to arrive for the service. The crowd gathered outside the church launched into boos and jeers when she finally made her appearance — no doubt a reaction to the recent court battles over Anna's remains. The service began after a white hearse carrying Anna's casket arrived at the Mount Horeb Church in Nassau. Draped in a pink blanket, she was taken inside via a red carpet entrance leading to the church. "She did have a lot of specific things [that she wanted]," Howard told ET's MARK STEINES earlier this week about Anna's details of her own funeral. "I'm going to do everything in my power to make it what she would have wanted." Anna's favorite color, pink, decorated the funeral. Pink peonies, pink roses, stargazers and white calla lilies decorated the church during the service. Her casket had a pink velvet cover.. Following the church memorial service, a police escort accompanied the hearse carrying Anna's casket. About 30 of Anna's closest friends and relatives were asked to witness her interment next to Daniel's grave. ET has learned that the graveside mourners were each handed a red rose and a pink rose to lay on the coffin. The red rose symbolizes Daniel, while the pink symbolizes Anna. Each guest was also asked to write a personal note to Anna on pink heart-shaped paper. Those messages were then dropped into the grave, so that her casket was engulfed in messages of love. And Anna's late husband, J. HOWARD MARSHALL II, was also present. The urn that holds a portion of his ashes was buried with Anna.

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That funeral as promised was over-the-top, but did we expect any less? 

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