Barbara Bush honored by friends and family at private funeral in Houston


Current first lady Melania Trump, representing the First family, sat beside former President Barack Obama.

Four former presidents joined hundreds of mourners at the private funeral of Barbara Bush hailed as the "first lady of the greatest generation".

The former first lady hand-selected her three eulogists: author Jon Meacham, who wrote a biography of George H.W. Bush back in 2015; Susan Baker, a longtime friend and the wife of James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state; and son Jeb Bush.

"Barbara Bush filled our lives with laughter and joy", her son Jeb, a former Florida governor and presidential candidate, said during the service. "The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain", the passage began.

Jeb gave a eulogy during the service and said he was blessed to have a teacher like his mother.

She died on Tuesday at home in Houston at the age of 92.

High-ranking officials from the elder Bush's administration, including former vice president Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, who served as defence secretary before later becoming George W. Bush's vice president, are also among the mourners. Meacham said that during her final days in the hospital, Bush jokingly asked a nurse if she wanted to know "why George W. turned out the way he had".

Former first lady Barbara Bush attends day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. I don't want to leave your dad, but I know I will be in a attractive place, ' " Jeb Bush said.

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On Friday, more than 6,000 people paid their respects to Bush, who laid in repose at St. Martin's.

Though Trump's absence did raise a few eyebrows, it's not uncommon for a sitting president to skip the funerals of former first ladies. He was in the third grade, and she read a children's book about Abraham Lincoln called "Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books".

George H.W. Bush poses with his wife Barbara during his campaign for Congress in the 1960s. Bush was first lady during her husband's presidency, from 1989 to 1993, and also served as second lady from 1981 to 1989. "And you became one", Bono told Bush, who would work to fight AIDS in Africa during his presidency.

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.

About 1,500 people are expected at the private service Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where Mrs.

After the prayers and the blessings ended, eight of Bush's grandsons slowly wheeled their grandmother's casket down the main aisle. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. She lost a sixth child - daughter Robin - to leukemia as a toddler.

Numerous women who came to pay their respects wore Barbara Bush's favorite color, blue, and strands of pearls in tribute to Mrs.

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