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

Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for

As first lady, Bush worked to increase literacy rates. Former President George H.W. Bush, 93, sat in a wheelchair at the front of the sanctuary, next to daughter Dorothy Bush Koch who at times put her arm against him.

Barbara Bush will be farewelled on Saturday in a private service in Texas.

"And she laughs at the time to come", Jenna Bush Hager, the granddaughter of Barbara Bush and son of George W. Bush, read from Proverbs 31.

Jeb Bush joked during his eulogy that his mother called her style of mothering him and his siblings "a benevolent dictatorship - but honestly it wasn't always benevolent". Jeb Bush emphasized his mother's humor, her authenticity, and strong will.

"She was lovely until the day she died", he said of his mother, and choked up, despite her "imagined" advice. During his last visit with her, Bush said that he asked his mother what her feelings were about death.

The Bush son recalled his mother as a wonderful example, and his parents' marriage as loving and long-lasting.

"I think dad got sick on objective so he could be with her", said Jeb. "I don't want to leave your dad, but I know I will be in a lovely place".

Also speaking about Mrs. Invited guests included former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, actor Chuck Norris, broadcaster Brit Hume, and Karl Rove, George W. Bush's former senior adviser and White House deputy chief of staff.

"Smart, strong, fun and feisty" is how her longtime friend Susan Garrett Baker described her. He also spoke of her quick wit that made her so popular. Among the approximately 1,500 attendees were former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Flags were flown at half-mast as the service began 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. Trump promises to hang it on the wall in the White House.

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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.

Jim McGrath, the spokesperson for the former president's post-White House years, tweeted out a picture of the socks Saturday.

After the service, Mrs.

Barbara Bush is survived by five children, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Bush family was seated in front of the church.

"My most favorite quality of her is her faith", said Bryan resident Barbara Schumacher.

The late former first lady dedicated many years of her life to promoting literacy, which she saw as a gateway to opportunities and a future.

Speakers paid tribute to Barbara Bush's work in and out of the public eye.

On Friday, a total of 6,231 people stopped by the church to pay their respects.

"Someone said earlier this morning she was known as 'Grace and Grit, '" said Greenwood on "Fox & Friends" early Saturday morning. The invitation-only service was also attended by former ambassadors, members of Congress, sports stars and Houston business owners.

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