Barbara Bush's Casket Wheeled Out of Church

Barbara Bush's Casket Wheeled Out of Church

Former President George H.W. Bush made a last minute decision to greet mourners at the church. Meanwhile the church began to fill with less-recognizable friends of the family, including former staffers and Secret Service members who protected them for more than three decades. In his lap, he carried his glasses and a copy of the funeral program.

He said he could still feel her presence Saturday inside the nation's largest Episcopal church and she would likely have given him advice on his eulogy: "Jeb, keep it short".

The American dynasty left on the 90-mile journey to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library for a burial, and for the end of something more than a life.

Former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush joked about his mother's famously no-nonsense demeanor.

Her not curling her hair. "Our family has had a front row seat to the most wonderful love story", he said.

"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", Jeb Bush said.

Barbara Bush's longtime friend Susan Baker, the wife of former Secretary of State James Baker, was also scheduled to speak.

President Trump, following custom, is not attending the funeral but tweeted a photo of Mrs.

Numerous speakers made sure to include amusing stories about Bush, who was known for being quick-witted and having a good sense of humor.

- Family, friends and the nation are saying goodbye to Barbara Bush.

"She's the rock of the family, the leader of the family", George H.W. Bush told Meacham.

"She was candid and comforting, steadfast and straight forward, honest and loving".

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The historian recalled her work bringing awareness to Aids patients and in promoting literacy.

"I'm sick of him", she said, with a quick flash of anger in her eyes.

The former president honored his wife, and her life's commitment to literacy, at the funeral by wearing a pair of socks featuring books. His granddaughters are providing readings during the service and his grandsons are serving as pallbearers.

George H W Bush followed in his wheelchair, pushed by son George W Bush, shaking hands with those in the pews.

This, as thousands of people paid their respects Friday to the wife of former President George H.W. Bush during a public viewing.

The Obamas, Clintons and first lady Melania Trump joined the Bush family at the funeral.

The invitation-only funeral starts at 11 a.m.at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. A multitude of well-wishers arrived to get a final glimpse of the former First Lady.

The homily was delivered by the rector at St. Martin's, the Rev. Russell Levenson, Jr., who spoke of Barbara Bush's honesty, her love for others, and her love for Houston.

And she was "a remarkable and selfless companion to her beloved husband George". Reflecting the celebratory spirit of the ceremony, Meacham drew roaring laughter from the guests, relaying self-deprecating anecdotes about Bush's preference for another author, John Grisham, and her tendency to lovingly prod her children. "If we don't give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren't giving everyone an equal chance to succeed", the former first lady once said.

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush attended, but not the current occupant of the White House, President Trump, whom Barbara Bush had criticized in television interviews during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mrs. Bush died Tuesday at age 92.

The day before her funeral, hundreds of mourners visited the church to pay their respects to the Bush family.

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