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UPDATE: Former First Lady Barbara Bush Laid To Rest

Barbara Bush died at their home in Houston on Tuesday at age 92

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  • Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.  (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
    Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip )
  • Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943.  (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP)
    Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • FILE - In this 1964 file photo, George H.W. Bush sits on couch with his wife Barbara and their children. George W. Bush sits at right behind his mother. Behind couch are Neil and Jeb Bush. Sitting with parents are Dorothy and Marvin Bush.  Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible. After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he's actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination. And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't revealed her intentions, she's seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination. By Nancy Benac. ? (AP Photo, File) (Photo Credit: AP)
    FILE - In this 1964 file photo, George H.W. Bush sits on couch with his wife Barbara and their children. George W. Bush sits at right behind his mother. Behind couch are Neil and Jeb Bush. Sitting with parents are Dorothy and Marvin Bush. Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible. After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he's actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination. And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't revealed her intentions, she's seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination. By Nancy Benac. ? (AP Photo, File) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky) (Photo Credit: AP)
    George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • Republican Senatorial candidate George Bush shows a victory sign as he and his wife Barbara stand in front of a vote machine November 3, 1964 in Houston,Tex., just before casting their ballot.   The candidate waited an hour and a half in a long of votes that circled the Pilgrim Elementary School where the Bush's voted this morning. in Houston.    (AP Photo). (Photo Credit: AP)
    Republican Senatorial candidate George Bush shows a victory sign as he and his wife Barbara stand in front of a vote machine November 3, 1964 in Houston,Tex., just before casting their ballot. The candidate waited an hour and a half in a long of votes that circled the Pilgrim Elementary School where the Bush's voted this morning. in Houston. (AP Photo). (Photo Credit: AP)
  • Mrs. George Bush walking on New York's Park Avenue, April 13, 1971. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP)
    Mrs. George Bush walking on New York's Park Avenue, April 13, 1971. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (Photo Credit: AP)
    President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • George Bush beams as some of his family members applaud at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 1, 1979 where he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. From left are: John E. (Jeb), a son; Columba, a daughter-in-law; Marvin, a son; Dorothy, a daughter; Mrs. Barbara Bush, his wife; and Bush. (AP Photo/Taylor) (Photo Credit: AP)
    George Bush beams as some of his family members applaud at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 1, 1979 where he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. From left are: John E. (Jeb), a son; Columba, a daughter-in-law; Marvin, a son; Dorothy, a daughter; Mrs. Barbara Bush, his wife; and Bush. (AP Photo/Taylor) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • First lady Barbara Bush points towards the White House balcony where she was waiting for her husband as he returned home from a day trip from Columbia, S.C., Feb. 15, 1989 Bush addressed a joint session of the South Carolina state legislature. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi) (Photo Credit: AP)
    First lady Barbara Bush points towards the White House balcony where she was waiting for her husband as he returned home from a day trip from Columbia, S.C., Feb. 15, 1989 Bush addressed a joint session of the South Carolina state legislature. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (Photo Credit: Doug Mills/AP)
    First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (Photo Credit: Doug Mills/AP)
  • In this file photo from Friday, March 18, 2005, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Fla. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in "failing health," a Bush family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) (Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    In this file photo from Friday, March 18, 2005, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Fla. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in "failing health," a Bush family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) (Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
  • First Lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1992, Houston, Tex. Gramm derided Democratic candidate Bill Clinton's economic program as a "Lemon for America." (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander) (Photo Credit: AP)
    First Lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1992, Houston, Tex. Gramm derided Democratic candidate Bill Clinton's economic program as a "Lemon for America." (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • First lady Barbara Bush pokes fun at herself by crossing her eyes for reporters who were visiting the summer White House in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 23, 1989. When asked about her health and recent treatment for Graves's disease, which affects her vision, Mrs. Bush replied, "I want you to see my eye's are just fine." (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (Photo Credit: AP)
    First lady Barbara Bush pokes fun at herself by crossing her eyes for reporters who were visiting the summer White House in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 23, 1989. When asked about her health and recent treatment for Graves's disease, which affects her vision, Mrs. Bush replied, "I want you to see my eye's are just fine." (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • Vice President George H. W. Bush, center, poses with his family outside St. Anns Church, Sunday, Aug. 8, 1988, Kennebunkport, Me. The Bush family from left front row: Neil Bush, Pierce Bush, Lauren Bush, Dorothy Bush, and Ellie LeBlond. The rest of the children in the front row are unidentified. Second row from left: an unidentified woman, Laura Bush, Jenna Bush, George H. W. Bush, Dorothy Bush and Barbara Bush. Back row from left are: Jeb Bush, George P. Bush and Noelle Bush.  The rest of the group is unidentified. (AP Photo/Herb Swanson) (Photo Credit: AP)
    Vice President George H. W. Bush, center, poses with his family outside St. Anns Church, Sunday, Aug. 8, 1988, Kennebunkport, Me. The Bush family from left front row: Neil Bush, Pierce Bush, Lauren Bush, Dorothy Bush, and Ellie LeBlond. The rest of the children in the front row are unidentified. Second row from left: an unidentified woman, Laura Bush, Jenna Bush, George H. W. Bush, Dorothy Bush and Barbara Bush. Back row from left are: Jeb Bush, George P. Bush and Noelle Bush. The rest of the group is unidentified. (AP Photo/Herb Swanson) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former first lady Barbara Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Photo Credit: AP)
    President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former first lady Barbara Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Photo Credit: AP)

THE LATEST on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):

Fifteen hundred people filled St. Martin's Episcopal Church Saturday for the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Visiting dignitaries included members of six other families to call the White House home, from the Kennedys to the Obamas. But at its core, this was a ceremony for the Bush family.

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Eight pallbearers, including six grandsons, bore the casket of Mrs. Bush from the front doors of Saint Martin's Episcopal Church to the hearse waiting outside. Behind them, President George W. Bush pushed a wheelchair carrying his father, President George H.W. Bush. Mrs. Bush's remaining children, grandchildren, and their spouses waited as a police honor guard saluted.

As the hearse departed, the family boarded a caravan of SUVs, and the procession to College Station began. There, Mrs. Bush was buried on the grounds of the Bush Presidential Library near her daughter Robin.

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3:30 p.m.

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

The motorcade left Houston following a private funeral attended by roughly 1,500 people at the church she and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended. He was among four former U.S. presidents at the service.

Hundreds of people lined streets as more than a dozen vehicles in the procession slowly wound their way from the nation’s largest Episcopal church in Houston to the campus in College Station, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.

The university is home to George H.W. Bush’s presidential library. Barbara Bush will be buried in a gated plot near the grave of their 3-year-old daughter, Robin. She died of leukemia in 1953.

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2:45 p.m.

A funeral procession is making its way to Texas A&M University for the burial of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Roughly 1,500 people attended a private funeral Saturday in Houston for the wife of former President George H.W. Bush. He was among four former U.S. presidents at the service.

Barbara Bush will be laid to rest in a gated plot at her husband’s presidential library at the university in College Station, Texas. The couple’s daughter Robin is also buried there. She was 3 when she died of leukemia in 1953.

Hundreds of people are lining both sides of the street near where the procession with turn to enter campus.

Several dozen people are watching from a parking garage across the street from the university’s football and baseball stadiums, which are draped in a large American flag and a Texas flag.

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12:30 p.m.

Barbara Bush’s casket has been wheeled out of the Houston church where hundreds of people came to offer their final respects during her funeral.

Eight of her grandsons served as pallbearers. Behind them, her husband and former President George H.W. Bush followed in his wheelchair, which was pushed by their son, former President George W. Bush.

As he was pushed down the walkway in the church, George H.W. Bush shook hands with some of the people who were in the pews. In his lap, he carried his glasses and a copy of the funeral program.

Mourners sang “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee” as the family left the nation’s largest episcopal church.

Burial will follow at the Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

She will be buried next to their 3-year-old daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953

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12:15 p.m.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joked how his mother called her style of mothering him and his siblings “a benevolent dictatorship — but honestly it wasn’t always benevolent.”

Bush delivered a eulogy during the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92.

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.

He choked up at one point, saying his mother — who was known for her self-deprecating remarks about her wrinkles and gray hair — was “beautiful” until the very end.

Bush said he felt privileged that he had a “front row” seat to the incredible love story that his parents shared.

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11:45 a.m.

Historian Jon Meacham says Barbara Bush is the “first lady of the greatest generation.”

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

He said in his eulogy that the wife of the 41st president and the mother of the 43rd was “candid and comforting, steadfast and straightforward, honest and loving.”

Meacham recalled her work bringing awareness to AIDS patients and in promoting literacy. He also spoke of her quick wit that made her so popular.

Meacham said she was devoted to her husband of 73 years, saying former President George H.W. Bush was the “only boy she ever kissed.”

Meacham wrote a 2015 biography of George H.W. Bush, who is attending the service along with many members of his family and three other former presidents. His granddaughters are providing readings during the service and his grandsons are serving as pallbearers.

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Full list of celebrants:

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11:45 a.m.

Four former presidents joined ambassadors, sports stars and hundreds of other mourners on a gray, rainy Saturday at the private funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, filling the nation's largest Episcopal church a day after more than 6,000 people paid their respects to the woman known by many as "America's matriarch."

Former President George H.W. Bush was helped into the cavernous sanctuary with a wheelchair behind his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other Bush relatives to remember his wife of 73 years.

Seated near the front of the church, in the same pew, were two other former presidents — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — along with their wives and current first lady Melania Trump.

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, as the choir sang "My Country Tis of Thee." The church is adorned with sprays of yellow garden roses, yellow snap dragons, antique hydrangeas and other flowers.

President Donald Trump isn't attending to avoid security disruptions and "out of respect for the Bush family and friends attending the service," according to the White House. He released a statement Saturday saying his "thoughts and prayers" are "with the entire Bush family."

 

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11 a.m.

Former President George H. W. Bush has arrived with his family at the funeral for his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.

The former president was helped in with a wheelchair behind his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other Bush relatives.

Also now seated in the front of the church, in the same pew, are two other former presidents — Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — along with their wives and current first lady Melania Trump.

President Donald Trump isn’t attending the service but released a statement saying his “thoughts and prayers” are “with the entire Bush family.”

About 1,500 people are expected at the private service Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Barbara Bush and her husband regularly worshipped at the church, which is the largest Episcopal church in the country.

 

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10:30 a.m.

Guests arriving for the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush are starting to fill the nation’s largest Episcopal church, embracing and talking beneath the church’s cavernous sanctuary.

About 1,500 people are expected at the private service Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where Mrs. Bush and her husband, George H.W. Bush, long worshipped.

Along with the former president, three other former presidents also will attend: the couple’s son, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

A program shows that Barbara Bush’s granddaughters will offer a reading during the service and her grandsons will serve pallbearers. Her son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will deliver a eulogy, as will longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2015 biography of George H.W. Bush.

Officials say more than 6,200 people came through the church Friday to pay their final respects to the former first lady, who died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.

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9:30 a.m.

Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin’s Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

About 1,500 people are expected at Saturday’s private service, including four former presidents — Bush’s husband and son, George H.W. and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

First lady Melania Trump will be at the service, but the White House said this week that President Donald Trump wouldn’t attend “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service.”

After the service, Barbara Bush will be laid to rest in a gated plot at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University where her and her husband’s daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3, is also buried.

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Bush, who died Tuesday at her Houston home at age 92.

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12:05 a.m.

Some 1,500 guests are expected to attend a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation’s largest Episcopal church.

First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, and former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are among those expected to attend the invitation-only service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow at the Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

Son and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2015 biography of George H.W. Bush, will deliver eulogies.

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Barbara Bush, wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd. Bush died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.

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