Bush gravesite reopens to public after former first lady's burial

HOUSTON – The gravesite at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum reopened to the public Monday after the weekend burial of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Bush died last week at her home in Houston. She was 92.

During her funeral Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Bush was eulogized by her son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, her friend and confidant Susan Baker and historian and author Jon Meacham. She was buried during a private ceremony at the family’s cemetery behind the presidential library in College Station.

According to an announcement on the library’s website, the gravesite reopened at 9:30 a.m.

Valerie Stark was one of the people who decided to visit the site to pay respects to Bush. 

"You could not pick a better place to spend eternity," she said, decked in blue and wearing her pearl necklace. "It is beautiful."

"You show honor where honor is due, and this is a place of honor," said Roy Lozano, another of Monday's visitors to the cemetery.

Admission to both the cemetery and the library are free until Tuesday.

The library will close Sunday for maintenance, weather permitting.

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