Dignitaries arrive for Barbara Bush funeral

Dignitaries arrive for Barbara Bush funeral

Mrs. Bush's funeral will take place at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, where the Bushes have been members since the early 1950s.

Bush, a mother of a president and a former first lady, passed away on Tuesday.

Her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, was brought in and out of the church in a wheelchair by his son, former President George W. Bush.

Standing at the lectern in St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Bush said, "As I stand here today to share a few words about my mom, I feel her looming presence behind me and I know exactly what she's thinking right now: 'Jeb keep it short, don't drag this out".

Four of the five living ex-presidents are attending Saturday's funeral service, including former President Barack Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton.

Former President George H.W. Bush looks at the casket with his daughter Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 20, 2018, in Houston, Texas.

Obama and Clinton will join former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush at the funeral.

Trump's absence isn't unusual for a sitting president. Trump said on Twitter that he would watch the funeral, which was nationally televised, from "the Southern White House" in Florida.

"Meacham spoke to hundreds of people attending the funeral Saturday for the former first lady in Houston".

Barbara Bush was to be buried in a private service at Texas A&M University, on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

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

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. The former 2016 presidential candidate and first lady also thanked Bush for "her many kindnesses to me and my family".

Barbara Bush will be farewelled on Saturday in a private service in Texas.

George H.W. Bush poses with his wife Barbara during his campaign for Congress in the 1960s.

She is survived by her 93-year-old husband, five children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She met George Bush when they were teenagers and they were married in January 1945.

At the public viewing Friday night, attendees received a remembrance card with a statement from Bush that read, "George Bush and I have been the two luckiest people in the world, and when all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family and friends".

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