Barbara Bush Remembered as Tough, Loving Matriarch

Barbara Bush Remembered as Tough, Loving Matriarch

Numerous women wore the former first lady's favorite colour, blue, and trademark pearls.

Jeb Bush told mourners how his mother called her style of mothering him and his siblings "a benevolent dictatorship - but honestly it wasn't always benevolent".

Despite her many roles, her son Jeb Bush said, the story of President and Mrs. She voiced her opinion even when it moved against her spouse's political places or the Republican Party, although armed with swift comedy, Bush was a fierce protector of her family. Was she sad? Without missing a beat, she said, 'Jeb, I believe in Jesus and he is my savior. "I don't want to leave your dad, but I know I'll be in a handsome place, '" he said in his eulogy.

"Barbara Bush was the first lady of 'the greatest generation, '" presidential historian Jon Meacham, a friend of the Bush family, said in a eulogy at Saturday's funeral service in Texas that drew signatories from across the nation and around the world. She had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure, and decided against seeking additional medical help earlier this week after a series of hospitalizations.

The Bush family was seated in front of the church. Bush during the service, while her grandchildren- who referred to her as "Ganny" - took part in readings and served as pallbearers.

A eulogy was also given by Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who said her longtime friend was "the secret sauce of this extraordinary family".

The Rev. Russell Jones Levenson Jr., rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, said Barbara Bush was humble, courageous and "tired of waiting on the next chapter".

The historian recalled her work bringing awareness to Aids patients and in promoting literacy. Bush at the vice president's residence for a women's luncheon back in 1985.

Bush made it possible for her husband to have "the arc of his life", said Karl Rove, who served as a chief political adviser for George W Bush.

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Numerous speakers made sure to include amusing stories about Bush, who was known for being quick-witted and having a good sense of humor. "My guess is she's already hunted down Jane Austen and has said, 'Well how did things turn out with Mr. Darcy and?' Or knowing Barbara as we all do, she may be telling Jane how things should have turned out".

Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, called his mother a "teacher and role model of how to live a life of goal and meaning".

When news broke that Bush had passed, tributes to the widely popular former first lady, who was a devoted mother and wife, came pouring in. 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.

The elder Bush president was joined by the rest of his famous family, including former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, who sported a black sheath dress for the occasion. Both of the men knew and adored the former first lady. "She wanted them to be able to attend". Brett Coomer/Pool via ReutersFirst Lady Melania Trump arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. After playing a round of golf Saturday morning, and said he would be watching the service from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

President George W. Bush didn't attend Lady Bird Johnson's funeral in 2007.

One last "I love you", from George H.W. Bush. President Bill Clinton attended a graveside service for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who died in 1994.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, son of Jeb and Columba Bush, was one of eight pallbearers.

The Bushes moved 29 times during their marriage but settled in Houston in 1959, according to the National First Ladies' Library.

Following the service in Houston, the funeral procession traveled to College Station where a private family ceremony was held at Bush's burial site, next to Robin on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.

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