Winnie Johnson's coffin has been carried from the St Chrysostom Church in Manchester after a private funeral fro family and friends.
The congregation heard tributes from Winnie Johnson's grandson Stephen Prescott and the partner of another grandson, Elizabeth Bond.
They did not mention her long fight to discover where the rermains of her son Keith Bennett are buried.
Instead, they concentrated on a woman who was the centre of a large family and always had twinkle in her eye.
It was left to Canon Ian Gomersall to recall her years of courage as she pleaded to know what had happened to her boy. He said "I pay tribute to Winnie's courage and determination to bring her son back to her family."
The funeral of Winnie Johnson, the mother of Keith Bennett, murdered by Ian Brady, will take place in Manchester today.
78-year-old Winnie had been suffering from cancer for a number of years and passed away peacefully, but without fulfilling her final wish - to find the body of her son and give him a Christian funeral and burial.
Winnie has always maintained that Ian Brady remembers where the body was hidden and appealed to him directly to reveal the location before she died. ITV News reporter Sally Biddulph reports on the mother who never gave up her fight for her son.
The funeral of Winnie Johnson, mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett, will take place later today.
The 78-year-old died without fulfilling her lifelong wish to find her son's makeshift grave on Saddleworth Moor and give him a Christian burial.