US Ex-U.S. presidents among mourners expected at Barbara Bush funeral

08:25  21 april  2018
08:25  21 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush's funeral

  Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush's funeral First lady Melania Trump will attend the funeral for Barbara Bush in Texas on Saturday. "Mrs. Trump plans to pay her respects at the funeral on Saturday," her communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN.It is common for sitting first ladies to attend the funerals of former first ladies, as Michelle Obama did in 2016 for the funeral in California of former first lady Nancy Reagan. Then-first lady Hillary Clinton attended the burial of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994.

Former first lady Barbara Bush was remembered at her funeral on Saturday as a formidable but caring figure whose devotion to her family was matched only Some 1,500 mourners , including governors, senators and former U . S . presidents , gathered at a televised but invitation-only service at the church

(Reuters) - Several former U . S . presidents and hundreds of mourners are 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.

  Ex-U.S. presidents among mourners expected at Barbara Bush funeral © LARRY W. SMITH

Several former U.S. presidents and hundreds of mourners are 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 a 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. President Donald Trump is not expected in Houston.

Members of the public paid their respects on Friday, when Bush lay in repose at the church. Following Saturday's service, Bush will be buried on the grounds of the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, next to her daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of 3.

Bush, who was married to her husband for 73 years, was known for her sharp tongue and fierce devotion to her family and enjoyed broad public popularity during her time in the White House.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Former President George H.W. Bush not yet being discharged from hospital .
Former President George H.W. Bush will remain hospitalized Monday to "continue regaining strength," according to his spokesman. In a tweet Monday, family spokesman Jim McGrath gave no timetable for Bush's discharge. He'd tweeted Friday that Bush would remain at Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend to continue his recovery.

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