5,000 people pay respects to Barbara Bush on Friday [videos]

By Friday evening, officials said around 5,000 people stopped by to pay their respects to former First Lady Barbara Bush, ABC News reported. The former First Lady was married to former President George H. W. Bush for 73 years. She was the second First Lady in U.S. history, after Abigail Adams, to be both a wife to a U.S. president and alive when her son was also a U.S. president.

George H.W. Bush personally greeted mourners, along with his daughter, Doro, in the sanctuary of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston where the couple had worshipped. She lay in a rose-draped silver casket. Well-wishers commended his wife’s┬ádedication to literacy and childhood education.

Mourners waited in line for hours; many women wore blue and pearls, in honor of Mrs. Bush’s favorite color and standard jewelry.

Senator John Cornyn, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee were among those who visited St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

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