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The Five Most Heartwarming Moments Of Barbara Bush's Funeral

22 April 2018

National flags were flown at half-mast for the wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the nation's 43rd as the service began at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

First Lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are among those attending the by-invitation-only service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Former US First Lady, Barbara Bush, will be farewelled in a private ceremony in Texas, where he son Jeb Bush will deliver the eulogy. Bush met a service member, "She would shake hands, look them straight in the eye, and [say], 'Thank you for your service'". David J. Phillip/Pool via ReutersThe casket is brought into St. Martin's Episcopal Church during funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018.

Together with the previous president, three different former presidents additionally will attend: the couple's son, George W. Bush, Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama.

After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, former President George H.W. Bush chose to attend - he sat at the front of the church in a wheelchair, offering his hand and smiled as people shook it, for about 15 minutes. A message sent by the White House earlier this week said he would not attend "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush family and friends attending the service".

Dorothy Bush Koch, George and Barbara's daughter, lovingly mentioned Hannie in her book.

Elizabeth Andrews, one of the granddaughters of the late former first lady, read the passage Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.

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Barbara Bush died Tuesday at age 92.

Saturday's service was private, with about 1,500 invited guests in attendance.

A funeral procession has entered the campus of Texas A&M University for the burial of former first lady Barbara Bush. W. Bush's VP, Dick Cheney, and wife Lynn Cheney, also attended.

Hours before the service, guests arrived at a different church several miles away to be bussed to the venue, walking past a throng of media.

First lady Melania Trump will attend Saturday's service "on behalf of the first family", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. She lived accounting to the mantra of the Bush family for many years: "don't get caught up in big me", Levenson said.

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

The Five Most Heartwarming Moments Of Barbara Bush's Funeral