The Latest: Guests start arriving for Barbara Bush’s funeral

Attendees arrive at St. Martins Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin’s Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

About 1,500 people are expected at Saturday’s private service, including four former presidents — Bush’s husband and son, George H.W. and George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

First lady Melania Trump will be at the service, but the White House said this week that President Donald Trump wouldn’t attend “to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service.”

After the service, Barbara Bush will be laid to rest in a gated plot at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University where her and her husband’s daughter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3, is also buried.

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Bush, who died Tuesday at her Houston home at age 92.


12:05 a.m.

Some 1,500 guests are expected to attend a private funeral for Barbara Bush at the nation’s largest Episcopal church.

First lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, and former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are among those expected to attend the invitation-only service at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Burial will follow at the Bush Library in College Station, Texas.

Son and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham, who wrote a 2015 biography of George H.W. Bush, will deliver eulogies.

Thousands of people on Friday paid respects to Barbara Bush, wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd. Bush died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.