The invitation-only service at St Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston was attended by four former presidents: George H.W. Bush - Barbara's husband of 73 years - their son George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as other former senior officials.
Barbara Bush died, with her husband by her side, at their home in Houston on Tuesday at age 92. Susan Baker, the wife of James Baker who served as secretary of state under former President George H.W. Bush., also paid tribute to her longtime friend, Barbara Bush, whom she called "Bar".
Three former first ladies - Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton - were to join the current one, Melania Trump, at St. Martin's. Follow along with the full program for the service Following the funeral service, the Bush family will proceed by motorcade to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas for a brief, private interment ceremony.
Numerous women at Friday's viewing wore blue blouses or pearl necklaces in honor of Barbara Bush, who often wore pearls and blue-colored shirts. In Houston for work from Washington, D.C., Queener and her husband made a decision to attend the public viewing, saying she also credits the former first lady for being a positive influence when her husband signed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
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There was one step and I didn't let go of the leashes. "If I had fallen anywhere else, I would have been absolutely fine". The 35-year-old was uncertain how things "were going to end up", nervous that the healing process wouldn't go as planned.
Barbara Bush's casket arrived Friday at St. Martin's, the nation's largest Episcopal church, where she lay in repose as the public was invited to pay respects from noon to midnight, according to the Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Houston.
Bush had been battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and refused further medical treatment in the days before she died. Barbara Bush came to the school a couple of years ago to read to the students, a day Rahul Sanklecha, 10, still remembers.
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Jessica Queener, who works in special education and wears a cochlear implant to help with hearing loss, said Barbara Bush's work in education and helping people with disabilities "really resonates with me on a personal level but also professionally".
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President George H.W. Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on January 20, 1989.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush poses for a portrait on August 23, 2001 in Houston.
He emphasized how one of the most important lessons she taught him and others was the power of laughter and that joy should be shared.
Known by many as the matriarch of the Bush family, Mrs.
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"She endured the loss of a daughter to leukemia and kept everything and everyone together", historian and author Jon Meacham told the church gathering. Bush's main cause in her life after her family was literacy. I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother.