Bush died on Thursday and her life was celebrated with over 1,500 at her funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas.
First lady Melania Trump attended today's service "on behalf of the first family", White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. She met George Bush when they were teenagers and they were married in January 1945. Before she passed, her foundation donated money to the Barbara Bush Library to replace books destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. Mrs.
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn also missed the funeral. I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother.More news: These Politicians Reacted to the National School Walkout With Support
Bush lie in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church from noon until midnight.
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. Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton will also attend.
After the service, the Bush family motorcade traveled through Houston's Memorial Park en route to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center and Museum in College Station for a private burial. She was 92 years old.More news: Zimbabwe sacks 16000 striking nurses, says their action is 'politically motivated'
After she died, Obama and his wife praised Bush "for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House". As the family exited, former president George W. Bush pushed his father's wheelchair down the aisle.
Barbara Bush was authentic, honest to a fault, humble and tough but loving, according family members and friends who described the former first lady during a celebration of her life Saturday.
HOUSTON - Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.More news: Range Resources Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (NYSE:RRC)
Bush, only the second woman in U.S. history to have had a husband and son elected President, died Tuesday at the age of 92 at her home in Houston. Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE said he would not attend to avoid disrupting the service with his necessary additional security. Barbara Bush herself selected the three eulogists: her son Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida; Susan Baker, a longtime friend and the wife of James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state; and Jon Meacham, a presidential historian who published a biography of her husband in 2015. Reflecting the celebratory spirit of the ceremony, Meacham drew roaring laughter from the guests, relaying self-deprecating anecdotes about Bush's preference for another author, John Grisham, and her tendency to lovingly prod her children.