Franklin dressed in blue for last public viewing

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans pay their last to Aretha Franklin

- Fans will have another chance to say their goodbyes to The Queen of Soul Wednesday in Detroit.

Franklin was 76 when she passed away on August 16 at her residence in Detroit, following a prolonged illness.

"As a teacher, as a woman, multi-talented artist I aspire, inspired, want to be like her", Jones said.

"During the '70s, anything she made during that time, we were just dancing to and enjoying it", amusing said. "She was very much all about life". She's an iconic personality in this city and the entire nation. "Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song", the family added.

Aretha's funeral will be held on Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in northwest Detroit and is set to include an all-star memorial concert from the likes of Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder and Faith Hill.

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"I broke down when I seen her". Detroit's Swanson Funeral Home owns the two-door LaSalle, buying it the year the funeral home began.

The Queen of Soul rocked a fresh outfit for the second day of her public viewing in Detroit on Wednesday - this time opting for a pastel blue frock and matching blue stilettos.

The Wright Museum is a cultural landmark in Detroit, where Franklin grew up and spent most of her life.

Swanson said Franklin will wear different clothing in coming days.

"There are some challenges in hosting an event for an global jewel of a performer like Aretha Franklin", Hamilton said.

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"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said. "Just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make".

She recalled first becoming aware of the music icon as a little girl when Franklin sang Precious Lord at the 1968 funeral of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

He talked to CNN about all the work that has gone into making this week run smoothly. "It's important to contact the clergy that's going to be involved in the service". Franklin never spoke about her wishes, Owens said, but she hopes the services are what "she would have wanted and that she would have been proud of". "And there were other people who called us wanting to participate". Indeed, a group of women was singing her hit "Freeway of Love". "So if we could please cut the lights, we'll have a moment of silence for Aretha".

We know now that it was her last performance in public.

"It's going to be very hard after all this is over and people have all gone away", Owens added. "When a lot of people got rich and famous, they left Detroit".

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"When it all comes together, it's one big masterpiece", minister of music Deerico Loyd said. "Guided by God and by Aretha Franklin".

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