EXCLUSIVE: Julia Roberts Holds a Private Memorial For Half Sister, Nancy Motes

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Julia Roberts may have been a no-show for the March 8 memorial service for her half sister, Nancy Motes — but in In Touch has learned it was for good reason.

A source exclusively reveals to the mag, on stands now, that the Oscar winner and her mother, Betty Lou Motes, held a separate, private service for Nancy — who died on Feb. 9 of an apparent drug overdose — one day earlier at the same church so they could grieve alone.

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“The family didn’t want the focus of the [public] memorial to be on them,” the source reveals to In Touch. “They wanted it to be about Nancy and her memory.”

Despite a reportedly long-standing rift with Nancy, Julia wanted the utmost respect paid to her sister, 37.

“The whole Roberts family came and brought pictures of Nancy. Each honored her in their own way,” the source tells In Touch. “It was tough for them, but I think Nancy would’ve been very happy with the way things were done.”

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