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(NECN: Hyannis, Mass.) - Special Olympian and friend of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Loretta Claiborne, delivered the welcome at the funeral service for the creator of the Special Olympics, who died earlier this week. Claiborne called it a day of celebration of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of former President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). "Today is a day of a celebration. It's a day of celebration of my birth, but more than all, a day of celebration of my friend Eunice Kennedy Shriver," Claiborne said at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. "It was a mutual friendship. I'll never forget the day that I was sickened in the hospital. A call came, and it was Eunice saying, 'How do you feel?'. And I knew that I had a friend through sorrow and pain." Claiborne noted Shriver's calling in life as that of a champion of the mentally disabled. "She was chosen to have a life to serve others -- the weakest of the weak, the castaways, the throw-aways of society," Claiborne said. "Today, she is a fighter for humanity. They say the King of Pop is gone? I say the Queen of Humanity is gone." "Today, I celebrate. I am hoping that you will celebrate, because she will have no pain," Claiborne said, wearing a yellow dress. "I look across this church, this beautiful house of God, and I see all the dark colors. And why am I wearing such bright colors? Because I came to celebrate the life of my friend, my true friend, the color of brightness -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver."