Barack and Michelle Obama, Melania Trump & More Attend Barbara Bush's Funeral

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Bush II's daughter, Barbara - named after her grandmother - wore a sleeveless black dress with a flouncy skirt with ankle-strap sandals as she spoke before funeral goers at the family's Houston church.

A private funeral service will be held for First Lady Barbara Bush on Saturday at noon at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, former President George H.W. Bush made a decision 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.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is interviewed for "The Presidents" Gatekeepers' project about the White House Chiefs of Staff at the Bush Library, October 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. Jeb Bush is set to deliver his mother's eulogy, along with two other close family friends.

At least 1,500 guests are expected to attend the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. The invitation-only service was also attended by former ambassadors, members of Congress, sports stars and Houston business owners.

Longtime friend Susan Baker, wife of former secretary of State James A. Baker, talked about Barbara Bush's strength and resiliency. After all, former President Barack Obama did not attend the funeral of Nancy Reagan in 2016 or Betty Ford in 2011.

"She knew they were very close to the Bush family and wanted them to be able to pay their respects", NBC News' Monica Alba tweeted Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said.

Mrs. Bush leaves behind five living children, including former president George W. Bush, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of Florida.

Elizabeth Andrews, one of the granddaughters of the late former first lady, read the passage Ecclesiastes 3:1-14. Bush died Tuesday at her Houston home. The president declined to go, releasing a statement via the White House that he was skipping "out of respect" for the Bush family; increased security would cause disruptions for the mourning family and friends. Mrs.

Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current first lady Melania Trump, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama were all on hand for the service.

Her foundation raised over $110 million over the course of more than 30 years. Many were seen embracing in the church before the service.

A funeral procession has entered the campus of Texas A&M University for the burial of former first lady Barbara Bush.

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