Private Funeral Held for Dottie Rambo

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Private funeral services for Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, a legendary gospel singer and songwriter, were held Monday in Nashville, Tenn.

Many fans had expressed a desire to view the funeral online, but Rambo's family instead offered a keepsake memorial video, available at an undisclosed later date.

Rambo died early Mother's Day morning when her tour bus crashed into a highway embankment in Southwest Missouri. She was 74.

Heartfelt sentiments and fond memories poured in from longtime friends and admirers.

"We have lost one of the truly great poets, but her voice will only be amplified by death. Songs of Dottie Rambo will more insistently than ever speak to the experiences of life bringing hope, counsel, encouragement and perspective," Gloria Gaither said.

"She was one of the most prolific writers of gospel music in the history of the world," Pat Robertson said. "She's in the presence of the Lord right now."

Singer Reba McEntire also admired Rambo. "Dottie has given so much to the music world, because her gift of music came with the sweetest spirit," she said.

Seven other people, including Rambo's manager, his wife, their two sons and assistant, along with the bus driver, all survived the accident. Doctors say their recovery will be a long process.

They were hospitalized in Springfield with moderate to severe injuries.

Rambo had more than 2,500 published songs she had written, including gospel classics such as He Looked Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need, Holy Spirit Though Art Welcome, I Go to the Rock, and We Shall Behold Him.

Rambo was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last year and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

She was awarded the 1968 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance for The Soul of Me.

Sources: The Associated Press, BBC News, WVLT-TV

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