Former first lady Barbara Bush laid to rest in Houston

22 April, 2018, 07:05 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush accompanied by their family members watch as pallbearers carry the casket of former first lady Barbara Bush after a funeral service Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Saturday in Houston

More than 1,000 mourners gathered in Texas Saturday to attend the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty, who was dubbed "the first lady of the greatest generation" during the service.

Mecham recalled a recent conversation she and their oldest son, former President and Texas Governor George W. Bush had.

Hajjar said her friend, Barbara Bush, was concerned less about titles than putting people first.

He choked up at one point, saying his mother - who was known for her self-deprecating remarks about her wrinkles and gray hair - was "beautiful" until the very end. Barbara Bush will be buried in a gated plot near the grave of their 3-year-old daughter, Robin.

As a mother: "She called her style a benevolent dictatorship", Jeb Bush said.

An incredible job many said she passed down to her family.

The funeral may have been private but it was being televised and millions watched as Barbara Bush's life was celebrated. "Was she sad? Without missing a beat, she said Jeb, I believe in Jesus, he's my savior, I don't want to leave your dad, but I know I'll be in a attractive place".

Other guests at the invitation-only funeral included former Rep.

"She was the gold standard of what it meant to be a friend", said eulogist Susan Garrett Baker, wife of former secretary of state James Baker, who was George H.W. Bush's White House chief of staff.

The funeral filled St Martin's Episcopal Church a day after more than 6,000 people came through the church to pay their respects during a public viewing.

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Following the funeral service, the Bush family proceeded by motorcade through Memorial Park toward the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station where Mrs.

Instead, first lady Melania Trump was there representing the Trumps, continuing a tradition of first ladies attending the funerals of their predecessors. "Will be a lovely day!", the president tweeted.

And an angry Barbara Bush also rose to her son's defense. Both of the men knew and adored the former first lady.

Rev. Levenson was a co-celebrant for the 90-minute service.

As the family entered the church, the second President Bush guided his father's wheelchair to the family's pew. He also gave a eulogy speaking about the former first lady being a child of God.

Tallahassee was one of a handful of Dignity affiliates asked to participate, since former first lady Bush spent so much time in the Capital City. "Known as Barbara, as Bar, as Mom, Mother, as Ganny, as the Silver Fox, and as the enforcer", he said.

Baker spoke about their friendship and how Bush helped her when she moved to the area. She taught them to "say please and thank you", he said, and to "be kind, always tell the truth, never disparage anyone, serve others, treat everyone as you would want to be treated". Granddaughters offered readings, some their voices shaky with emotion, while their eight grandsons were pallbearers. President Donald Trump didn't attend to avoid security disruptions, according to the White House, but he released a statement saying his thoughts were with the family.

A burial followed at the Bush Library at Texas University.

The ceremony was "a very brief but poignant and lovely ending to a very moving and incredible day", family spokesman Jim McGrath told The Associated Press.

Meacham said it was Barbara Bush's quick tongue that made her so popular, along with her work promoting literacy and bringing awareness to AIDS patients.


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