Barbara Bush remembered for her dignity and wit at Houston funeral

HOUSTON, April 21 (Reuters) - 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 by her commitment to public service.

"She was our teacher and role model in how to live a life of purpose and meaning," one of her four sons, former Florida governor and 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush, told the crowded Houston church.

He then drew laughs with a nod to Bush's famously sharp tongue: "She called her style a benevolent dictatorship, but honestly, it wasn't all that benevolent."

Some 1,500 mourners, including governors, senators and former U.S. presidents, gathered at a televised but invitation-only service at the church to pay tribute to the matriarch of one of the country's most prominent political dynasties, who died on Tuesday at age 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, was lauded as an inspiration both to the country and her loved ones, a woman who leavened a strong sense of decency and honor with a self-deprecating wit she employed to great effect.

"She was candid and comforting, steadfast and straightforward, honest and loving," said the historian and author Jon Meacham, who wrote a biography of George H.W. Bush and was one of three eulogists whom Barbara Bush herself selected before her death.

"Barbara Bush and George Bush put country above party, the common good above political gain and service to others above the settling of scores," he said.

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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. REUTERS/Richard Carson
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: The casket of former first lady Barbara Bush is moved after a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Pallbearers move casket of former first lady Barbara Bush after a funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., gives a sermon during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. David J. Phillip/Pool via Reuters
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Jenna Bush Hager 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. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Jenna Bush Hager speaks during a funeral service for her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Barbara Bush, daughter of former President George W. Bush, during a funeral service for her grandmother and former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Susan Baker speaks during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: 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. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former Florida Gov. 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, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. gives a sermon during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees gather at St. Martin's Episcopal Church during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: The casket is brought into St. Martin's Episcopal Church during the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: First Lady Melania Trump arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21:Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama greet first lady Melania Trump at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Accompanied by his wife, Hillary Clinton,left, former President Bill Clinton arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former President George H.W. Bush, assisted by his son, former President George W. Bush, enter the church during the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: 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 Buson April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Dorothy 'Doro' Bush Koch, right, comforts former President George H. W. Bush during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: 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, April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and his wife Rev. Kathleene Card arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and his wife Rev. Kathleene Card arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrives at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, left, talks to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as they arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Detailed view of a program during the funeral for former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. Jack Gruber/Pool via Reuters
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Brett Coomer - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners attend during a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords arrives for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Astronaut Mark Kelly arrive at the funeral service of former first lady Barbara Bush, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Richard Carson
Singer William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys arrives at the funeral service of former first lady Barbara Bush, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Richard Carson
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners arrive for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners begin arriving for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 21: Mourners begin arriving for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on April 21, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, wife of former president George H. W. Bush and mother of former president George W. Bush, died at her home in Houston on April 17 at the age of 92. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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. REUTERS/Richard Carson
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Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, current first lady Melania Trump, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former first lady Michelle Obama were all on hand for the service.

President Donald Trump, who clashed with the Bush family during his 2016 campaign, did not travel to Houston. The White House said this week he wanted to avoid disrupting the service with added security.

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

Former President Jimmy Carter was overseas and unable to attend.

Barbara Bush's longtime friend, Susan Baker, the wife of former Secretary of State James Baker, described her in a eulogy as a "tough but loving enforcer" whose 73-year marriage to her husband was a real-life fairy tale.

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.

"I was very happy on that day in 1945, but I'm even happier today," he read, as his 93-year-old father squeezed his eyes shut and wept. "You have given me joy that few men know ... I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband."

To honor his late wife's commitment to literacy, the former president wore to the funeral a pair of colorful socks "festooned with books," Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted, adding that Barbara Bush had raised more than $100 million for the cause.

As the service ended, Bush's grandsons bore her casket out of the church, with George W. Bush pushing his father in a wheelchair directly behind it.

Barbara Bush was 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. The motorcade carrying her body traversed George Bush Drive and Barbara Bush Drive on its way there.

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First Lady Barbara Bush sheltering (from sun) under umbrella, listening to her incumbent husband George speak at campaign rally. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
politician US President George HW Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush wave from a lectern, Saudi Arabia, November 22, 1990. The visit, occurring during Operation Desert Shield, was part of a Thanksgiving tour. (Photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ed Bailey/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Former First Lady, Barbara Bush listens to speakers during the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images)
FILE WASHINGTON, DC - NOV 19, 1992: Barbara Bush gives Hillary Clinton a tour of the White House. (Photo by James A. Parcell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush participates in the coin toss ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons as former first lady Barbara Bush looks on in Houston , Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Gov. George W. Bush gives his mother and former first lady Barbara Bush a hug after a family portrait session, June 10. The Bush family was in Houston celebrating the 75th and 74th birthdays, respectively, of the former president and first lady. aal/ Photo by Adrees A. AAL/RC
First Lady Barbara Bush waving to crowd at campaign rally. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
US President George Bush, Queen Elizabeth II and First Lady Barbara Bush shake hands with Mike Gallego, Rick Honeycutt, and Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics at game between the Athletics and the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
First Lady Barbara Bush and Russian First Lady Naina Yeltsin cooking a huge cauldron of soup at a homeless facility during the Yeltsins' trip to Washington. (Photo by Carol T. Powers/White House/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, along with Second Lady Jill Biden (R), greets members of the audience during an event to honor the winner of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award at the White House in Washington July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
First Lady Barbara Bush carrying grandchild Ellie in Kennebunkport. (Photo by David Valdez/White House/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama laughs alongside former first lady Barbara Bush during the dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, April 25, 2013. Obama is in Texas to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with former president George W. Bush in what could serve as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle against terrorism, from the Sept. 11 attacks to the Boston Marathon bombings. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
First Lady Barbara Bush wearing Rangers jacket w. her arm around son George W. Bush. (Photo by Phil Huber/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
KENNEBUNK, ME - MAY 19: Former first lady Barbara Bush waves to the crowd as she arrives at the dedication of the Mathew J. Lanigan bridge Friday, May 19, 2017. The bridge was first built in 1933 and connects Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. The new bridge cost $2.7 million and was completed in a very short time frame. (Photo by Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - FEBRUARY 19: Jeb Bush's wife Columba Bush, left, and former first lady Mrs. Barbara Bush share a moment during a campaign event with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush February 19, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary will be held Saturday, February 20. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: Former first lady Barbara Bush looks on before game five of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by David J. Phillip - Pool/Getty Images)
Barbara Bush, former U.S. first lady, center, center, looks over a menu while having lunch her son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, not pictured, at MaryAnn's Diner in Derry, New Hampshire, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Bush appeared alongside Barbara Bush reminding voters of his political dynasty in a last-ditch attempt to revive his faltering campaign. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Barbara Bush, former U.S. first lady, left, and her son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, right, stand for a photograph with an employee at MaryAnn's Diner in Derry, New Hampshire, U.S., on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Bush appeared alongside Barbara Bush reminding voters of his political dynasty in a last-ditch attempt to revive his faltering campaign. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Former first lady Barbara Bush (L) and Jenna Welch, mother of first lady Laura Bush, listen as U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush speak about global literacy at the New York Public Libary in New York City September 18, 2006. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)
First lady Laura Bush (L) stands with former U.S. President George H. W. Bush (C) as his wife Barbara Bush (R) speaks during dedication ceremonies at the restored childhood home of U.S. President George W. Bush in Midland, Texas, April 11, 2006. The Bushes lived in the house from 1952-1955. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell
First lady Laura Bush (L) and her mother-in-law Barbara Bush (R) wave to reporters as they await President George W. Bush's return to the White House from a short visit to Florida, May 10, 2006. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Former first ladies Nancy Reagan (R), Barbara Bush (C) and former Secretary of State George Schultz (L) sing during a memorial service for billionaire publisher, philanthropist, and former U.S. ambassador to Britain, Walter Annenberg at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, December 6, 2002. Annenberg, who created Seventeen magazine and TV Guide died October 1, 2002, at the age of 94. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer TMS
First Lady Barbara Bush embraces Mrs. Hillary Clinton as she welcomes her to the White House November 19, 1992 on her first visit to Washington since her husband's election victory over President George Bush. The Clintons will move into the White House on January 20. Reuters/Steve Jaffe
KENNEBUNKPORT, UNITED STATES: Former first lady Barbara Bush (L) shakes hands with a priest after atttending Sunday service at Saint Ann's Episcopal Church as former US president George H.W. Bush ((R) looks on 27 August 2006 in Kennebunkport, Maine. US President George W. Bush was in Kennebunkport to visit his parents and to attend a relative's wedding. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 10: Former first lady Barbara Bush takes a photograph from the Truman Balcony, while her son, U.S. President George W. Bush, returns to the White House May 10, 2006 in Washington, DC. President Bush was returning from a trip to Florida where he was promoting the Medicare prescription drug benefit program. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Former First Lady Barbara Bush speaks to a packed House chamber in Austin, where she gave readings from her new book, 'Reflections,' an account of life after the White House. The event was a part of the Texas Book Festival, founded in 1995 by current First Lady Laura Bush. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)
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U.S. President George Bush (L) and First Lady Barbara Bush play with confetti 20 August 1992 as it showered them at the 1992 Republican National Convention. The confetti and more than 100,000 balloons were dropped after the president concluded his speech. (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Barbara Bush and her son George Bush Jr attend the 1992 Republican National Convention on August 17, 1992 in Houston. AFP PHOTO CHRIS WILKINS (Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 7: This file photo shows former US First Lady Barbara Bush (L) as she prepares to throw a rugby ball 07 February 1992,in Washington,DC, after receiving it from Mary Sullivan (R), captain of the US national women's rugby team. The US team, which won the World Cup, received the Team Spirit Award from Mrs. Bush. (Photo credit should read ROBERT GIROUX/AFP/Getty Images)
Pres. George Bush and First Lady Barbara (in sunglasses) riding in their Cigarette boat Fidelty w. an unident. man. (Photo by Susan Biddle/White House/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American First Lady Barbara Bush at the White House's Christmas party. (Photo by jean-Louis Atlan/Sygma via Getty Images)
5-1989 On the left is the first lady Barbara Bush Going over the list of Items to be put on the Cart on the far right is Neil Bush her son and helper at the Food Bank Phillip Warth is the smiler And Volunteer Sam Aguilar is helping to fill order and show the first Lady where things are ***** Credit: The Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images)
First Lady Barbara Bush Holding Out Hands (Photo by � Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES: (L-R) First Lady Barbara Bush and Barbara Walters 1989 (Photo by Kimberly Butler/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES: President George H.W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush and Barbara Walters 1989 (Photo by Kimberly Butler/ABC via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC -- FEBRUARY 23: (L to R) First Lady Nancy Reagan, Mrs. Barbara Bush, President Ronald Reagan, and Vice President George H.W. Bush gather at the Vice President's residence on February 23, 1981 in Washington, DC. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images).
During his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination, American politician (and future US President) George HW Bush (left) sits with his wife, future First Lady Barbara Bush, and watch television, Iowa, January 1980. (Photo Robert R. McElroy/Getty Images)
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Former first lady, Barbara Bush laughs with her son at the GOP convention in Dallas, Texas in 1992. (Photo by � Bill Gentile/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
George Bush arrives at a presidential campaign event with his wife, Laura, and his mother, former First Lady Barbara. Bush won the 2000 Presidential Election against Vice President Al Gore after a controversial vote recount in Florida. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
Former first lady Barbara Bush (L) and first lady Michelle Obama walk into an event honoring the 5,000th winner of the "Daily Point of Light" award in the East Room of the White House in Washington July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
FILE WASHINGTON, DC - JAN 6, 1994: Barbara Bush gives Hillary Clinton a tour of the White House. (Photo by James A. Parcell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
First Lady Barbara Bush talks with an army trooper as she and husband, President George H.W. Bush, eat a Thanksgiving Day lunch with the troops in eastern Saudi Arabia on November 22, 1990. REUTERS/Rick Wilking ( SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
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More than 700 Texas A&M cadets lined the driveway to the presidential library grounds as the cortege passed, the Houston Chronicle reported. When the last vehicle entered the property, the gates were closed ahead of the private ceremony, the newspaper said.

Members of the public had a chance to pay their respects on Friday, when Bush lay in repose at the church. George H.W. Bush, seated in a wheelchair in front of the casket, greeted mourners in turn with a handshake.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba in Houston; Additional reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Additional reporting and writing by Joseph Ax; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Daniel Wallis)

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