The author also called her "the first lady of the greatest generation".
The former president was helped in with a wheelchair behind his sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other Bush relatives.
The Rev. Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church, said she was humble, courageous and "tired of waiting on the next chapter".
Barbara Bush championed the issue of literacy throughout her life and her husband has a reputation for wearing colorful socks. You can see photos from the remarkable woman's funeral here.
Following the service at St. Martin's, Mrs. Bush once said of her husband, "One thing I can say about George - he may not be able to keep a job, but he's certainly not boring!"
Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, the former secretary of state, attended the funeral. Bush more completely than her crusade to give each American child the ability to read, and read well.
Other speakers included historian Jon Meacham, who recalled Barbara Bush's quick wit that made her so popular, and longtime friend, Susan Baker, wife of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.
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A "VIP reception" hosted by former President George W. Bush is expected to being at 11 a.m. ET, and the funeral service is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. ET.
President Trump did not attend the funeral to "avoid disruptions" of added security.
Following the service, a funeral procession will bring Barbara Bush's casket to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum near Texas A&M University in College Station for a private service, where she will be buried in a family plot beside her daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of 3 in 1953.
Former President George H.W. Bush is "broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years", according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the 93-year-old former president's office.
The funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died earlier this week, was held on Saturday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.
- "With faith in Jesus Christ, we receive the body of our sister Barbara Pierce Bush for burial".
As the church filled up for the memorial service of the beloved public servant, some of America's most famous political families filed in to pay their respects. Bush died Tuesday at her Houston home.