Barbara Bush was remembered at her funeral as a loving wife, mother and friend with a devilish sense of humor and who represented the best of the World War II generation. Robin died of leukemia in 1953, just before her fourth birthday.
The funeral Saturday was a private, invitation-only service for relatives, friends and dignitaries.
Meacham recalled her work bringing awareness to AIDS patients and in promoting literacy.
Barbara Bush was known as the "Enforcer" in her family, the glue who kept the high-powered clan together.
Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady, were unable to make the journey; a spokeswoman said that Jimmy Carter would be on a private trip overseas and that Rosalynn Carter was recovering from recent surgery.
The life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush honored in Houston today at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother.
Elizabeth Andrews, one of the granddaughters of the late former first lady, read the passage Ecclesiastes 3:1-14.
Barbara Bush championed the issue of literacy throughout her life and her husband has a reputation for wearing colorful socks. "To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President Trump will not attend", the White House said in a statement. She was 92 years old.
In another tribute, Susan Baker, the wife of former secretary of state James Baker and Bush's longtime friend and confidante, called her a "vibrantly lovely human being". "How about you skip golf this weekend and attend the funeral like any real President would do?" an additional tweet stated.
Trump's absence from Bush's funeral is not uncommon for a sitting president.
On Thursday night, the city of Houston paid tribute to Mrs.
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will not be open to the public. Reflecting the celebratory spirit of the ceremony, Meacham drew roaring laughter from the guests, relaying self-deprecating anecdotes about Bush's preference for another author, John Grisham, and her tendency to lovingly prod her children. Members of the public have been streaming through to sign the book and pay their respects to the family.