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Remembering former first lady Barbara Bush

A private funeral service will be held for First Lady Barbara Bush on Saturday at noon at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Mrs. Bush passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 92, with her family at her side- including her husband of 73 years, former president George H.W. Bush, at her side holding her hand as he had reportedly been all day.

First Lady Melania Trump attended but her husband President Donald Trump did not, with the White House saying his decision to stay in Washington was taken "to avoid disruptions due to added security".

Thousands of mourners paid their respects with the former First Lady's casket in repose.

High-ranking officials from the elder Bush's administration, including former vice president Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney, who served as defence secretary before later becoming George W. Bush's vice president, are also among the mourners.

"Here in Houston, we saw her at major galas, behind home plate at Astros games, praying here in the pews, catching up with a neighbor while pushing her own buggy in Walgreens", he said.

The Bushes "put country above party, the common good above political gain, and service to others above the settling of political scores", the historian said. "She was the gold standard of what it meant to be a friend, because she was motivated by the desire to show God's love to each and every one of his children that she met".

Bush II's daughter, Barbara - named after her grandmother - wore a sleeveless black dress with a flouncy skirt with ankle-strap sandals as she spoke before funeral goers at the family's Houston church. She was widely admired for her plainspoken style during her husband George H.W. Bush's presidency and was known as "The Enforcer" in her high-powered family. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he was headed to Mar-a-Lago to watch a feed of the funeral, and also tweeted a photo of Bush's portrait that hangs in the White House.

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However, if you were just watching the funeral on TV, you likely would have missed a small detail on George H.W. Bush's socks: books.

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Here's a look at some high-profile figures who attended the beloved former first lady's private funeral.

After the funeral, a motorcade carried her body to the George Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M University. According to an aide, Melania brought two members of the White House residence staff as her guests.

Family friends also reminisced about the late first lady. The gated plot is an area surrounded by trees and near a creek where the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Robin, is buried.

"She believed literacy a fundamental civil and human right and gave the cause her all", said Meacham, who penned a biography of George H.W. Bush.

The public was invited to say their final farewells to the former first lady on Friday, and Mrs.

"Someone said earlier this morning she was known as 'Grace and Grit, '" said Greenwood on "Fox & Friends" early Saturday morning.

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