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Barbara Bush’s Funeral

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Barbara Bush’s Funeral

Abigail Kennedy, Staff Writer

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April 17th was a dreadful day across America when over one thousand people gathered in Texas to mourn the loss of the former first lady, Barbara Bush. She was 92 years old, the wife of one president, and the mother of another. Among the funeral visitors were Presidents George H.W. Bush, George Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton and former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama.

Barbara Bush’s son, Jeb Bush, delivered remarks about his mother’s life. He stated that the last time he was with her she shared her thoughts on death. “I believe in Jesus and He as my savior. I don’t want to leave… but I know I’ll be in a beautiful place,” are some of the remarks she told her son.

Unfortunately, she passed away after weeks of intensive care in hospitals and finally denied the medical attention. She had been suffering from chronic pulmonary disease and heart failure. She passed on peacefully in her sleep, making the funeral more of a time of celebration her her life and the accomplishments she had.

Mrs. Bush was well known and is still known for her boldness when it came to speaking about her opinion. She was never afraid to speak her mind except when it came to her differing from her husband’s view point; when he was in office, there were numerous occasions in which Mrs. Bush would not state her opinion. After she was out of office, she began to speak more and more about her thoughts and was not as afraid of the repercussions of her words, although she did carry humility and humor with her words bringing along many stories. At her funeral, many of her close friends and family member shared stories about her in their eulogies. Many contained funny stories about her while others recounted heartfelt moments.

President George H.W. Bush, the late first lady’s husband of 73 years, also spoke at the funeral. He praised her through the stories he shared with the visitors by saying, “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Even though his wife was deceased, he still referred to her as though she was alive. This then became a heart touching moment for all of the people who attended the funeral.

Many people from the surrounding community also joined in the gathering. Several of the women in attendance were wearing pearl necklaces to show off one of Mrs. Bush’s signature looks in tribute to her.

Current President Donald Trump did not attend the funeral do to security concerns, but this is not uncommon for a sitting president. Although he did not attend, First Lady Melania Trump went along and brought with her two White House executives, George Hannie and Buddy Carter, due to their strong connection with Mrs, Bush before her passing away.

After the ceremony, Bush’s casket was taken carried to George H. W. Bush Library in College Station, Texas where she was laid to rest be her eight grandsons. This was carried out in a private ceremony. She has been buried alongside her daughter, Robing, who died of leukemia at a young age. Barbara Bush has been laid to rest, and she will be nearly missed by the people of America.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/21/politics/barbara-bush-funeral/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/us/barbara-bush-dead.html

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