- The funeral of Barbara Bush will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday morning
- There will be three eulogies delivered during the service, one from friend Susan Baker, one from presidential historian Jon Meacham and one from Jeb Bush
One of only two women in the history of the United States to have bother her husband and son elected president will be laid to rest on Saturday in Texas.
The funeral of Barbara Bush will be held a small and private affair, with the ceremony set to begin around 11am at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston.
Among those in attendance with be her husband of 73 years and the 41st president of the United States George H. W. Bush, her oldest son and the 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush and current first lady Melania Trump.
Three eulogies will be delivered during the service from Mrs. Bush’s close friend Susan Baker, presidential historian Jon Meacham and her son and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
A short while later, Mrs Bush will be buried on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station.
There she will join her daughter Robin who died at the age of 3 in 1953 from leukemia.
Farewell to a first lady: The funeral of Barbara Bush will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on Saturday morning
The Enforcer: There will be three eulogies delivered during the service, one from friend Susan Baker, one from presidential historian Jon Meacham and one from Jeb Bush (above with his mother in February 2016)
Preparations: Flowers are wheeled into St. Martin’s Episcopal church for the funeral (above)
At least four the six living presidents will attend the funeral as in addition to the two former Bush presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will also attend the service.
Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn will not be in attendance, with the couple’s spokesperson releasing a statement saying: ‘President Carter will be on a private trip overseas, and although she is recovering, Mrs. Carter is not yet able to travel following her recent intestinal surgery.’
President Trump will also not be attending the mass in order to ‘avoid disruptions due to added security.’
This is not at all uncommon for a sitting president, with Obama opting not to attend the funerals of both Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford. Mrs Bush’s son was not at the funeral for Lady Bird Johnson in 2007 when he was president.