Barbara Bush funeral service in Houston

Barbara Bush funeral service in Houston”

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

President Trump chose not to attend to avoid added security complications and out of respect for the Bush family.

Tributes for "America's grandmother", as she was dubbed, have poured in from across the globe, with many praising her work in adult literacy.

HOUSTON ― Former first lady Barbara Bush was remembered on Saturday as a sharp-tongued but caring figure whose devotion to her family was matched only by her commitment to public service.

Among the other roughly 1,500 guests were former Rep.

Follow along with the full program for the service Following the funeral service, the Bush family will proceed by motorcade to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas for a brief, private interment ceremony. Ginger Sullivan Fmr New Hampshire Governor John Sununu (WH Chief of Staff) Fmr Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson Mrs. Sue Ann Thompson Judge Bill Webster (CIA Director in 41 administration) Mrs. Lynda Webster Texas Congressman Roger Williams 10:40 AM Grandson pallbearers gather.

Former President George H.W. Bush., the historian noted, was the "only boy she ever kissed". Armed with quick wit, Bush was a fierce defender of her family, but she also voiced her personal opinion even if it went against the Republican Party or her husband's political positions.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will not be open to the public.

Barbara Bush, Trump said, was a "wonderful, wonderful person" and "a titan in American life". "In memory of First Lady Barbara Bush, there is a remembrance display located at her portrait in the Center Hall of the @WhiteHouse".

At the school Wednesday, the principal, Theresa Rose, wore pearls in honor of Barbara Bush, who had been a regular presence there since the school opened in 1992.

After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, former President George H.W. Bush made a decision 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.

"Barbara Bush filled our lives with laughter and joy, and in the case of her family, she was our teacher, our role model on how to live of life with goal and meaning", he said.

Bush will lay in repose between noon and midnight Friday at St. Martin's Church at 717 Sage Road in Houston.

Minutes before the start of the service, Trump said on Twitter, "Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush". As her health failed in recent days, she was moved into comfort care at her home in Houston.

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