People pay their respects with flowers and pictures on Aretha Franklin's star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.  Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," died Thursday in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer.

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Aretha Franklin's Family Celebrate Birthday of The Late 'Queen of Soul'

March 25, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — Family members are celebrating Aretha Franklin on what would have been the Queen of Soul's 77th birthday with a memorial service and a screening of a documentary film.

The service was held Monday inside a chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. Franklin died last year after battling pancreatic cancer and was laid to rest inside a crypt not far from Woodlawn's chapel.

Family members of the late Aretha Franklin gather before entering the Mausoleum Chapel at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
(Photo credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Franklin's niece, Sabrina Owens, says "our family thought it might be a good idea for us to start the day the right way, in prayer." Those who attended remembered not only the legendary singer but also other departed members of the Franklin family.

Later Monday, the Detroit Institute of Arts will host the premiere of "Amazing Grace," which chronicles Franklin's 1972 performance at a Los Angeles church.