Mindy McCready's funeral held in southwest Florida
Michael Inge, stepfather of country music star Mindy McCready, plays a song during the funeral ceremony at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. McCready committed suicide Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas, days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse program. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — As her music played in the background, country music star Mindy McCready was remembered Tuesday by friends and family as a fun and talented singer who also "wanted to be healed" from her past.
About 200 friends and family gathered in the 37-year-old singer's Florida hometown of Fort Myers. A large screen behind the altar of Crossroads Baptist Church was filled with her images and her portrait stood nearby.
"Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless," said McCready's mother, Gayle Inge. "She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand."
McCready, whose real name was Malinda Gayle McCready, committed suicide Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas, days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program. The mother of two died from a single gunshot to the head about a month after her longtime boyfriend David Wilson's death, also thought to be suicide, in the same place.
Inge acknowledged that her daughter had faced many battles but now: "Her spirit found healing on the other side."
McCready's personal problems started in 2004 and included a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons. She was briefly hospitalized in 2010 after police responded to an overdose call to a home her mother owned in North Fort Myers, Fla., and she later appeared on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," where she declared herself clean from drugs.
FILE - This Nov. 14, 2008 file photo shows country singer Mindy McCready performsingin Nashville, Tenn. Authorities in Arkansas say preliminary autopsy results confirm country music singer Mindy McCready's death was a suicide. The Cleburne County sheriff said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 that preliminary autopsy results from Arkansas' state crime lab show McCready's death was a suicide from a single gunshot wound to the head. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17. She was 37. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
McCready's family declined to address any custody issue at the funeral.
"She wanted them to know that nothing, not even death, could separate her from them," Gayle Inge said of McCready's two sons, Zander Ryan and Zayne Christopher. "She's healed. She's no longer sick," she added, referring to what she told McCready's sons.
A separate funeral organized by her friends and the music community is tentatively scheduled for March 6 in Nashville, Tenn.
McCready's stepfather, brothers and cousin also shared their fondest — and often funny — memories of McCready.
"You all know I grew up coming from a broken home," said brother Timothy McCready, wiping away tears. "It makes your brothers and sisters really important to you. We used to joke about how she raised us...we raised each other, all of us. And she probably got us all in a lot more trouble than she got us out of," he later joked about his sister.