Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Close family, friends and colleagues attend Bush funeral Services

Close family, friends and colleagues attend Bush funeral Services

George H.W. Bush and her Pastor Russel Levenson Jr. discussed her funeral weeks prior to her death, and Levenson said she wouldn't want others to mourn her. "Jeb, I believe in Jesus and he as my savior", she told him. "Don't drag this out", he said to chuckles.

"For Mrs. Bush to have lost a lovely daughter and to continue with poise and strength in all of her endeavors is such an inspiration", said Marchand. Many were seen embracing in the church before the service.

He said he felt privileged that he had a "front row" seat to the incredible love story shared by his mother and father, former President George H.W. Bush, who laughed as longtime friends and family recalled his wife's wicked sense of humor during the almost two-hour service. "Will you marry me?" "We were sitting next to somebody that was their dentist for years". But when his son continued reading, about how his father grew happier each year spent with his wife, his father closed his eyes and cried. Their daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch, better known as "Doro", sat next to him with her arm around her father's shoulder, gently stroking his back, turning the pages of his program for him. Bush Sr., who is known for wearing bold, patterned socks, wore a pair of socks picturing a stack of colorful books to honor his wife and her championing the issue of family literacy. Theirs was the longest marriage of any presidential couple. Barbara Bush will be buried in a gated plot near the grave of their 3-year-old daughter, Robin.

"Barbara Bush was the first lady of the Greatest Generation", Meacham said, a nod to the generation that fought in World War II. Bush asked one of her doctors if she'd like to know why George W. turned out the way he had.

Trump said a remembrance display was set up in front of Bush's portrait in the White House.

Former president Barack Obama did not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral in 2016 or Betty Ford's in 2011, and Bill Clinton did not attend the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The service also included eulogies from Bush's close friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham.

President Trump excused himself from attending, tweeting Saturday: 'Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush.

Mourners sang "Joyful, joyful, we adore thee" as the family left the nation's largest episcopal church.

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Barbara Bush was buried Saturday afternoon at her husband's presidential library at Texas A&M University in College Station, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Houston. She died of leukemia in 1953.

"It was a very brief but poignant and attractive ending to a very moving and incredible day". "It would have been exactly what Barbara Bush wanted".

Hundreds of people are lining both sides of the street near where the procession with turn to enter campus. Flags were flown at half-staff.

Roughly 1,500 people attended a private funeral Saturday in Houston for the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. Gabby Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, and professional golfer Phil Mickelson, along with Karl Rove and other former White House staff members.

President Donald Trump isn't attending the service but released a statement saying his "thoughts and prayers" are "with the entire Bush family".

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, also didn't attend because he was traveling overseas and she was recovering from surgery, according to the Carter Center.

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Bush during a public viewing.

Bush delivered a eulogy during the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92.

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