Former first lady Barbara Bush to be laid to rest

Elias Hubbard
April 22, 2018

Friends and family of Barbara Bush are arriving to pay their respects to the former First lady during her funeral service on Saturday, April 21.

"Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family", Trump tweeted, while attaching a photo of her offical White House portrait.

Bush, the wife of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, was lauded at a televised but invitation-only service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where she and her family have been members since the 1950s.

Instead, First Lady Melania Trump was there representing the Trumps, continuing a tradition of first ladies attending the funerals of their predecessors.

George issued a statement shortly after her passing and assured the country that the Bushes were the last ones to worry about.

Meacham, who wrote a 2015 biography of George H.W. Bush, said she was devoted to her husband of 73 years, saying former President George H.W. Bush was the "only boy she ever kissed". He spoke about how he believed his mother was "real" which is why she was admired by many. Behind them, her husband and former President George H.W. Bush followed in his wheelchair, which was pushed by their son, former President George W. Bush.

The public was invited to say their final farewells to the former first lady on Friday, and Mrs.

One of just two first ladies to have a child elected president, Barbara Bush was widely admired for her plainspoken style and her advocacy for causes including literacy and AIDS awareness.

Historian and author Jon Meacham and friend Susan Baker, the wife of former Secretary of State James Baker, also shared stories of Mrs Bush's sharp tongue, fierce devotion to her family and charming humour.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a son of the previous first woman, will ship a eulogy, the household stated in a press release Friday.

Mrs Bush, a literacy campaigner, died at her home on Tuesday, aged 92.

On Friday, thousands of mourners, from the rich and famous to the working-class and the anonymous, paid their tributes at a public viewing, under heavy security and the solemnity of saying goodbye to one of the most prominent political matriarchs of their lifetimes.

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.

However, former President Jimmy Carter could not attend as he was overseas, and his wife Rosalynn was recovering from surgery.

Barbara Bush is being laid to rest, and hundreds have gathered to pay their respects and celebrate the life of a woman who was wife of a president and mother of another.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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