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Barbara Bush Remembered as Thousands Gather for Funeral

Private funeral service for Barbara Bush on Saturday WATCH LIVE: Barbara Bush's funeral
Felix Bryan | 22 April, 2018, 03:42

Bush seemed content to bring about change her way I'm sure there was a call for her to do more but she relished the part she played and those lives she touched. Bush was first and foremost a love story.

The former president was helped in with a wheelchair behind his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other Bush relatives.

Once when he was about to give a talk based on one of his books, a woman came up to him and told him, "I just admire you so much ..." "I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband".

National flags were flown at half-mast for the wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the nation's 43rd as the service began at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. He was among four former US presidents at the service.

The author also called her "the first lady of the greatest generation".

George H.W. Bush was so moved by how many people had lined up Friday to pay their final respects to his wife that he made a decision to go.

Jeb Bush delivered a eulogy, as did longtime friend Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and historian Jon Meacham.

Hillary and Bill Clinton were also in attendance.

The George Bush Presidential Library has set up a condolence book in the rotunda, alongside several displays of photos and mementos.

Other guests at the funeral included former Rep.

As the service ended, Bush's grandsons bore her casket out of the church, with George W. Bush pushing his father in a wheelchair directly behind it.

The casket was draped over with a large cloth covering embroidered with a golden cross.

"Half the time I sat there riveted", she said.

Meacham, a biographer of Mrs. "She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like". "He's a very handsome man!"

"It was a fair and amusing point", Meacham said.

Jeb Bush said in her final days, when his mother asked about dying, "Without missing a beat, she said, 'I believe in Jesus and he is my savior".

"She was our teacher and role model on how to live a life of objective and meaning", he said.

He also recounted her 73-year marriage to his dad. "'I don't want to leave your dad, but I know I'll be in a lovely place"'.

After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, Mr Bush chose to attend - he sat at the front of the church in a wheelchair, offering his hand and smiled as people shook it, for about 15 minutes.

But the eulogies were brief.

The family then headed to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, where Bush would be buried on the library's grounds next to the couple's daughter Robin, who died from leukemia as a child.

While Melania Trump and a host of other political figures travelled to Houston, Texas for Barbara Bush's funeral on Saturday, President Trump watched coverage of the event from his Mar-a-Lago resort.

On Friday, more than 6,200 people visited the Houston church during a public viewing. Hundreds of people lined both sides of the street near the campus ahead of the service.

Holstead, now a financial planning executive for J.P. Morgan Securities, met Bush as a White House intern and later a campaign volunteer in 1991-92 for President George H.W. Bush's ill-fated re-election campaign. Numerous women in attendance wore strands of pearls, which were a signature accessory of the former first lady.

One of those pearl-wearing visitors, Carolyn Bischoff, drove 36 miles from the Houston suburb of Dickinson to attend. As first lady, Bush took up literacy as a cause, raising awareness and eventually launching the nonprofit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Onlookers wave as the motorcade carrying former first lady Barbara Bush's body is seen along Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas, the US.

She had written, "Long ago, I decided in life that I had to have priorities". "But I do wish I'd worn them with my World Series Astros T-shirt. She's strong, and what a First Lady she's been - popular and wonderful". "I love that. She was solid. stern but warm, [and] she had such resolve, even though she was so wonderfully warm with people".

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