Funeral service honoring the life and legacy of Barbara Bush


Expected guests include former president Bill and Mrs. Bill Clinton, former president and Mrs. Barack Obama and First Lady Melania Trump will be guests among 1,500 others.

President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of Barbara Bush's remembrance display in the White House Saturday.

Those will be the first words uttered by Rector Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson the private funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush late on Saturday morning at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

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

Mourners gathered at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston to celebrate the life of the matriarch of the Bush family, who was the wife of a president and the mother of another.

Mrs Bush, née Pierce, was married to her husband for 73 years. The 93-year-old George H.W. Bush, seated in a wheelchair in front of the casket, greeted mourners in turn with a handshake. "It does make me sad, because she's such an incredible example, and I don't know how many more people there are to be that kind of example".

His father, George H.W. Bush, was helped into the cavernous sanctuary with a wheelchair behind his sons, former President George W. Bush and Jeb Bush.

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The president has supplied his sympathies, praising Barbara Bush as "a titan in American life". Barbara Bush herself selected the three eulogists: her son Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida; Susan Baker, a longtime friend and the wife of James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state; and Jon Meacham, a presidential historian who published a biography of her husband in 2015. Barbara Bush and her husband regularly worshipped at the church, which is the largest Episcopal church in the country.

"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. Sitting presidents have rarely in recent decades gone to the funerals of former first ladies, according to, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center in Philadelphia.

The funeral for Bush, who died Tuesday, will be held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.

1000's of individuals on Friday paid respects to Barbara Bush, spouse of the nation's 41st president and mom of the nation's 43rd.

On Friday, a total of 6,231 people stopped by the church to pay their respects.

However, former President Jimmy Carter could not attend as he was overseas, and his wife Rosalynn was recovering from surgery. As her health failed in recent days, she was moved into comfort care at her home in Houston.