Funeral for George H.W. Bush begins, burial to be next to wife, daughter

Funeral for George H.W. Bush begins, burial to be next to wife, daughter

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ABC News Live will provide full coverage of the George H.W. Bush funeral services on Thursday, Dec. 6 – Watch on ABCNews.com/Live, The ABC News App, Hulu, and Roku.The nation's farewell to President George H.W. Bush is ending in his adopted home state of Texas, when, after a more intimate service for family and friends began Thursday, he will be buried where he had long hoped to be: next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin, who broke their hearts when she died at age 3 of leukemia.Speaking at his father's emotional service in Washington on Wednesday, former President George W. Bush said the family took solace in knowing he will be reunited with those who meant so much to him."So, through our tears, let us see the blessings of knowing and loving you – a great and noble man, and the best father a son or daughter could have, " he said, choking up. "And in our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again."George H.W. .


Bush became a Texas transplant in the late 1950s after graduating from Yale University and leaving his home in a wealthy town in Connecticut, where he was raised. He moved his growing family to West Texas to learn the oil industry from the ground up, eventually deciding to run for Congress, embarking on his long career in politics.Before the Texas funeral began, he lay in repose at the St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, which the Bushes joined in 1959.The Texas ceremonies were intended for about 1, 200 friends of the family -- many of whom are said to hail from "west of the Mississippi" -- and include stars from the country music world Bush came to love: Reba McEntire will sing "The Lord's Prayer" and the Oak Ridge Boys will perform a rendition of "Amazing Grace."It will be in marked contrast to the more formal funeral in Washington, during which the world watched as all five of the nation's living presidents, as well as first ladies and hundreds of the city's power figures, gathered at the Washington National Cathedral.James Baker, Bush's lifelong friend who became his secretary of state, and who was with him in his last days and ....

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