Funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush held in Houston

22 April, 2018, 06:01 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Private funeral for First Lady Barbara Bush to be held Saturday in Houston

Theirs was the longest marriage of any other presidential couple.

Jim McGrath, the spokesperson for the former president's post-White House years, tweeted out a picture of the socks Saturday.

"Barbara Bush was the first lady of the greatest generation", Meacham said during his eulogy.

The funeral program shows that her grandchildren will also play prominent roles: her granddaughters will offer readings during the service and her grandsons will serve pallbearers.

As the family entered the church, the second President Bush guided his father's wheelchair to the family's pew.

Among those planning to attend are former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current first lady Melania Trump, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Former presidents and first ladies joined mourners at the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush today in Houston, Texas. Mrs.

He also attended his wife's funeral, assisted by his son George W Bush. "I looked at her and I said, "This is my first time being here" - I was kind of nervous - and Barbara Bush just spread her arms wide and smiled at me, and said, 'Well, take a look around!' She was so welcoming".

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Bush, who died Tuesday at her Houston home at age 92. The burial site is in a gated plot surrounded by trees and near a creek where the couple's 3-year-old daughter Robin is buried.

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Other guests included former Rep.

Flags were flown at half-mast as the service began as the choir sang "My Country Tis of Thee".

Mr Trump had said he was staying away to "avoid disruptions due to added security" but added that he would be watching the funeral. He said his thoughts were with the family.

However, it's not uncommon for sitting presidents to skip the funerals of former first ladies.

At the public viewing Friday night, attendees received a remembrance card with a statement from Bush that read, "George Bush and I have been the two luckiest people in the world, and when all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends". Numerous women wore the former first lady's favorite color, blue, and trademark pearls.

"There's no other place we would be this morning", said College Station resident Matt Bowers. He was among four former USA presidents at the service.

So Meacham waited, and the woman came back with the latest John Grisham novel. She said Bush - the wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd - was "the secret sauce of this extraordinary family".

Once the procession passed the Corps of Cadets, it passed directly in front of the George Bush library and around the circular drive. She died of leukemia in 1953.

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