Former first lady Barbara Bush “was a model public servant and set a standard for her unwavering and loving devotion to both family and community,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston Houston in offering his prayers and “heartfelt condolences” to the Bush family.
Wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the 43rd president, Bush died at home in Houston on 17th April surrounded by family. She was 92.
A private invitation-only funeral will take place at St Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston on 21st April. Members of the public have been invited to pay their respects at a public viewing at the church today, 20th April.
President George H.W. Bush and his wife attended services at St Martin’s Episcopal Church regularly. Bush will be laid to rest on grounds of the Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station.
“Her family’s generous and compassionate decision to invite the public to her viewing to say their farewell touchingly demonstrates how much she has been part of the Houston community,” said Cardinal DiNardo.
“Her tireless goodwill efforts and charity throughout Houston in recent years made a tremendous impact on countless families and individuals in need,” he continued. “She was bold and steadfast in her convictions and an inspiration to anyone in faithful service of helping others. May the glory of the risen Lord transform our sorrow into serenity.”
Picture: US first lady Barbara Bush is pictured with her husband, President George H.W. Bush, during a presidential vacation in Kennebunkport, Maine. Barbara Bush died on 17th April at the age of 92 at her home in Houston. (CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters).