George H.W. Bush surprises visitors with appearance at Houston church honoring his wife
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Former President George H.W. Bush on Friday made a surprise appearance at a Houston Church where his late wife, Barbara Bush, is lying in repose.

Former President Bush greeted mourners who stopped by the church to pay their respects to his wife of more than seven decades. Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92.

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Jim McGrath, the family spokesman, said the former president had not planned to go to the church, but was moved to visit after watching hundreds of people paying their respects in a video from the church.

“I think he was very touched by all of the people who were taking the time out of their lives,” McGrath said, according to The Associated Press. 

Barbara Bush, who had been hospitalized multiple times throughout the past year, decided against seeking additional medical treatment in the days before her death.

Her funeral will be held Saturday in Houston. First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump introduces Mariano Rivera for Medal of Freedom ceremony with Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' Trump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE will attend the funeral on behalf of the Trump family, the White House said Thursday, but President Trump will not be in attendance.

“To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE will not attend,” the White House said.