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Four former presidents pay respects as Barbara Bush is laid to rest

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Stacy Diaz | 21 April, 2018, 23:16

The private service is to be held today at 11 St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

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

Meacham said she was devoted to her husband of 73 years, saying former President George H.W. Bush was the "only boy she ever kissed". A total of 1,500 guests were expected to attend her service and pay their respects, both to her memory and her grieving family.

Family and friends will remember former First Lady Barbara Bush at her funeral Saturday morning in Houston.

Former President George H.W. Bush greeted well-wishers at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston forward of the previous first woman's funeral on Saturday.

Other presidents also have not attended the funerals of former first ladies.

Mia Trumble, 7, sits on Bush's lap after the former first lady spoke at a ceremony for Literacy Maine in Biddeford, Maine, in June 2011.

Trump's absence from Bush's funeral is not uncommon for a sitting president. Numerous women in attendance wore strands of pearls, which were a signature accessory of the former first lady.

The procession will travel from Houston to College Station and proceed to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

This graphic shows milestones in life of former first lady Barbara Bush.

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.

Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks at an event on social security reform in Orlando, Fla., in March 2005. That includes Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, who, like so many many others, came out to honor and celebrate the life of Mrs.

"Mr. Bush raised a family, endured the loss of a daughter to leukemia and kept everyone and everything together", said Meacham. As the family exited, former president George W. Bush pushed his father's wheelchair down the aisle. Bush during the service, while her grandchildren- who referred to her as "Ganny" - will also take part in readings. On the other end of the row were Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton was also in attendance.

"Barbara, the tough but loving enforcer, was the secret sauce of this extraordinary family", Baker said.

The public was invited to say their final farewells to the former first lady on Friday, and Mrs. Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff, wrote in a Wall Street Journal article that "the children she raised are testimony to a mother who taught respect, integrity, hard work and faith and gave unconditional love".