Guests start arriving for Barbara Bush's funeral in Houston

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Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, and George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush all attended the service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

As the funeral ended, George H.W. Bush was pushed in his wheelchair by his son George W. Bush as they followed the casket out of the church's cavernous sanctuary, which had been adorned with sprays of yellow garden roses, yellow snap dragons and antique hydrangeas. Bush and her impact on the community in a celebration of life event outside city hall.

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

Barbara Bush died, with her husband by her side, at their home in Houston on Tuesday at age 92. She determined by seeking additional help earlier in the day this week following having a succession of hospitalizations, also was battling congestive heart failure as well as serious obstructive pulmonary disease.

"Smart, strong, fun and feisty" is how her longtime friend Susan Garrett Baker described her.

"Barbara Bush was the first lady of the greatest generation", Meacham said during his eulogy. Including literacy, and heightening awareness to the ravages of AIDS, something her predecessor in the White House was unable to accomplish.

Baker said that as the "tough, but loving, enforcer", Bush was "the secret sauce of this extraordinary family".

Bush was remembered as a woman who represented the best of the World War II generation. "People truly loved her".

Numerous speakers made sure to include amusing stories about Bush, who was known for being quick-witted and having a good sense of humor.

George H.W. Bush would write a letter to his wife on each wedding anniversary, Jeb Bush said, before reading aloud one such letter from 1994, a year after his father left the White House. She gave voice to homeless advocates yet was also "pen pals with people she never met", like a young girl who named her heifer after Bush and put the "bovine Barbara Bush" in a competition. "Oops, I forgot, you did that 49 years ago today!" the elder Bush wrote. Brett Coomer/Pool via ReutersFirst Lady Melania Trump arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for funeral services for former first lady Barbara Bush in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. Bush Sr., who is known for wearing bold, patterned socks, wore a pair of socks picturing a stack of colorful books to honor his wife and her championing the issue of family literacy.

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After seeing how many people had lined up to pay their respects to his wife, former President George H.W. Bush made a decision to attend - he sat at the front of the church in a wheelchair, offering his hand and smiled as people shook it, for about 15 minutes.

However, it's not uncommon for sitting presidents to skip the funerals of former first ladies.

"Mr. Bush raised a family, endured the loss of a daughter to leukemia and kept everyone and everything together", said Meacham.

She didn't flinch. The Silver Fox outfoxed them all by creating an appealing, authentic persona, dubbed "Greenwich granite" by Peggy Noonan.

In a Twitter post, Trump said his "thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family".

President Donald Trump isn't attending to avoid security disruptions and "out of respect for the Bush family and friends attending the service", according to the White House.

"Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush", he tweeted on Saturday morning.

The George Bush Presidential Library has set up a condolence book in the rotunda, alongside several displays of photos and mementos. President Obama failed to attend Betty Ford's funeral in 2011 or even Nancy Reagan's funeral in 2016.

Bush's casket was carried into the church prior to the start of the 90-minute service.

Burial will follow at the Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

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