Former First Lady Barbara Bush Laid To Rest

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Laid To Rest

Those were the first words uttered by Rector Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson the private funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush late on Saturday morning at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

The funeral was held in Houston at the Bushes' family church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, and, per the former first lady's request, was a very simple service.

Burial will follow at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University, located approximately 161 kilometres northwest of Houston. The gated plot is an area surrounded by trees and near a creek where the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Robin, is buried. US President Donald Trump was not expected in Houston.

First Lady Melania Trump sat alongside former presidents and former first ladies. After all, former President Barack Obama did not attend the funeral of Nancy Reagan in 2016 or Betty Ford in 2011.

They stood at attention and saluted as that procession of about 13 vehicles arrived with the former first lady.

First lady Melania Trump attended the service on Saturday. Bush and her impact on the community in a celebration of life event outside city hall.

Mrs Bush's granddaughters delivered readings during the service and her grandsons served as pallbearers as the casket was later wheeled out of the church.

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Bush made history as one of just two women to be wife and mother to U.S. presidents.

The former presidents in attendance were George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Bush, only the second woman in United States history to have had a husband and son elected President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston.

"I think Aggies and College Station and Bryan residents really put a value on members of our community, and even though the Bushes didn't live here, but they are considered members of the community and we are all going to come out in full force to support them and to honor them in this way", said Bowers. She said Bush - the wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd - was "the secret sauce of this extraordinary family".

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, will attend as well, according to a source close to the family.

George H.W. Bush poses with his wife Barbara during his campaign for Congress in the 1960s. "She had grit [and] grace, brains [and] beauty", the former president said on social media. "She loved the community so we have to love her back and we have to be here to show her that support", said Brittany Bowers. Bush more completely than her crusade to give each American child the ability to read, and read well. One of just two first ladies to have a child elected president, Barbara Bush was widely admired for her plainspoken style and was known as the "Enforcer" in her family, the glue who kept the high-powered clan together.

Clinton beat Bush's husband when he ran for re-election in the 1992 election. Clinton often joked that he spent so much time with the Bushes that he'd become like a member of the family.

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