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Mourning Barbara Bush

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Several former U.S. presidents were among the 1,500 mourners expected to gather at a Houston church on Saturday for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

Bush, the wife of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush, and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, will be remembered at an invitation-only service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where she and her family have been members since the 1950s.

Among those planning to attend are former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current first lady Melania Trump, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama.

High-ranking officials from the elder Bush’s administration, including former Vice President Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, who served as defense secretary before later becoming George W. Bush’s vice president, will also be among the mourners.

President Donald Trump is not expected in Houston. (Reuters)



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The remains of former first lady Barbara Bush leave St. Martin’s Episcopal Church following her funeral service on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)


Former President George H.W. Bush attends the funeral service for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, with his son the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuters)


Former President George H.W. Bush attends the funeral service for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, with his son the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuters)


Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush attends the funeral service for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, with his son the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuters)


Former President George H. W. Bush and family exit St. Martin’s Episcopal Church during the funeral for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool)


Pallbearers carry the casket of former first lady Barbara Bush after a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip, Pool/AP)


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks during a funeral service for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush places his hand on the casket of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush during a funeral service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters)


Jenna Bush, left, wipes away tears as granddaughters gather to speak during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)


Barbara Pierce Bush speaks during the funeral for her grandmother and former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Brett Coomer – Pool/Getty Images)


Jon Meacham speaks during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo: David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)


Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., second from right, gives a sermon during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip, Pool/AP)


The casket is brought into St. Martin’s Episcopal Church during funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: Brett Coomer/Pool via Reuters)


Former first lady Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters)


Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama greet first lady Melania Trump at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters)


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush comforts his father, former President George H.W. Bush during a funeral service for his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip, Pool/AP)


The casket is brought into St. Martin’s Episcopal Church during funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: Brett Coomer/Pool via Reuters)


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: David J. Phillip, Pool/AP)


Detailed view of a program during the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 21, 2018. (Photo: Jack Gruber/Pool via Reuters)


Former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and George H.W. Bush arrive at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP)


Members of the public visit Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, as she lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 20, 2018. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuterers)


Former President George H. W. Bush greets the mourners with his daughter Dorothy “Doro” Bush Koch during the visitation for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston. Barbara Bush died on April 17, at the age of 92. (Photo: Mark Burns/Offce of George H.W. Bush/Pool via AP)


Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 20, 2018. (Photo: Richard Carson/Pool/Reuters)


Former President George H. W. Bush looks at the casket of his wife former first lady Barbara Bush with his daughter Dorothy “Doro” Bush Koch at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston. Barbara Bush died on April 17, at the age of 92. (Photo: Mark Burns/Office of George H.W. Bush via AP)


Members of the public visit Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, as she lies in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, April 20, 2018. (Photo: Richard Carson/Reuters)


The hearse carrying the body of former First Lady Barbara Bush makes it’s way to St. Martin’s Church in Houston, Texas in the predawn hours on April 20, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Kramer/AFP/Getty Images)


Hiram Smith, owner of HiramStyle, prepares a floral arrangement around a portrait of former first lady Barbara Bush in the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Houston. (Photo: Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)


A visitor signs a condolence book for former first lady Barbara Bush at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, April 18, 2018. (Photo: Aaron M. Sprecher/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)