Private funeral service for Barbara Bush on Saturday

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Some of the most powerful people in the world gathered to honor the legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush in Houston Saturday morning. Melania Trump also paid her respects and was seated next to the Obamas during the service, as George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, his wife, Laura, and the rest of the Bush family greeted attendees and gave eulogies.

In 2013, Neil and Maria Bush founded the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to carry on the former first lady's legacy as a champion of literacy.

The former first lady's son Jeb Bush also stepped to the lectern, and shared what his mother most likely would have advised him in delivering his eulogy: "Jeb, keep it short, don't drag this out ... and don't get weepy".

Roughly 1,500 people attended a private funeral Saturday in Houston for the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. David J. Phillip/Pool via ReutersThe casket is brought into St. Martin's Episcopal Church during funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018.

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 chose to go.

President Trump offered his condolences to the Bush family Wednesday as he began remarks at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"She was candid and comforting, steadfast and straightforward, honest and loving", said the historian and author Jon Meacham, who wrote a biography of George H.W. Bush and was one of three eulogists whom Barbara Bush herself selected before her death.


The president has given his own sympathies, praising Barbara Bush as "a titan in living".

The wife of the 41st president of the USA and the mother of the 43rd US president died on Tuesday at her home in Houston.

The Rev. Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, said she was humble, courageous and "tired of waiting on the next chapter".

First lady Melania Trump will attend Saturday's service "on behalf of the first family", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. Bush died Tuesday at her Houston home.

A program reveals that Barbara Bush's granddaughters will supply a studying throughout the service and her grandsons will serve pallbearers.

Visitors arriving for the funeral for former first woman Barbara Bush are beginning to fill the nation's largest Episcopal church, embracing and speaking beneath the church's cavernous sanctuary.

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