FAREWELL TO A FIRST LADY: Barbara Bush remembered in private funeral service


Friends and loved ones of former first lady Barbara Bush gathered Saturday morning at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, to celebrate her life in a handsome religious service. Mrs.

Former President George H.W. Bush has arrived with his family at the funeral for his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

Bush, the wife of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, will be remembered at a service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where she and her family have been members since the 1950s.

First lady Melania Trump attended the service on Saturday. 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.

Hannie, who grew up under Jim Crow laws in Alabama, served in the White House for 46 years, starting with former President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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

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.

Bush as a loving but steel-tough "enforcer" who steered a powerful family through trying times.

Elizabeth Andrews, one of the granddaughters of the late former first lady, read the passage Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Bush, who died Tuesday at her Houston home at age 92.

A funeral procession has entered the campus of Texas A&M University for the burial of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Additionally now seated within the entrance of the church, in the identical pew, are two different former presidents - Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama - together with their wives and present first woman Melania Trump.

The previous president was helped in with a wheelchair behind his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and different Bush relations. Many were seen embracing in the church before the service.

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". Bush and her husband, George H.W. Bush, lengthy worshipped.

"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 objective and meaning", he said.

Jeb Bush joked that his mother called her style of mothering him and his siblings "a benevolent dictatorship - but honestly, it wasn't always benevolent". The president declined to go, releasing a statement via the White House that he was skipping "out of respect" for the Bush family; increased security would cause disruptions for the mourning family and friends. Mrs.