Barbara Bush Remembered as Thousands Gather for Funeral

President Donald Trump will not attend Saturday's funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush the White House said in a statement citing the desire to

Bush, only the second woman in U.S. history to have had a husband and son elected President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston.

President Trump did not attend the funeral "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service", the White House said.

On Saturday, friends and family will pay their respects and lay her to rest in a simple, private ceremony.

Meacham told how Barbara Bush's hug of an HIV/AIDS patient "sent a powerful image, one of compassion, of love and of acceptance", and who she believed literacy was the "fundamental civil and human right". Dr. Martin Murphy and his wife Ann Murphy, friends of the Bushes, paid their respects to Mrs.

Baker called Barbara Bush an "amazing and attractive friend", recalling how Bush helped her settle in when she first moved to Washington, D.C. She and her husband of more than 70 years, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended the church. Bush herself was critical of Trump during the election, saying during one interview it was "incomprehensible" to her that anyone would vote for Trump because of his abusive comments.

First woman Melania Trump and former presidents Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama and their wives have been in attendance at St. Martin's Episcopal Church.

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They have since placed a gorgeous wreath with a photo of the Bush family matriarch at the Grove in her honor. Her other children were present as well, including Governor Jeb Bush and his wife Columba, Neil and Maria Bush, Dorothy Bush Koch and her husband Bobby and Marvin and Margaret 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, 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. 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.

Parts of the neighborhood surrounding the church were effectively shut down to most traffic Friday and Saturday. The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets are expected to line Barbara Bush Avenue outside the library to pay tribute to the former first lady. President George W. Bush did not attend Lady Bird Johnson's funeral in 2007.

"Meacham spoke to hundreds of people attending the funeral Saturday for the former first lady in Houston". The gated plot is an area surrounded by trees and near a creek where the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Robin, is buried.

Jeb Bush was selected to give a eulogy by the late Bush. "Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family", Trump tweeted.

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


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