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Former President George H.W. Bush calls wife 'most beloved woman in the world'

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HOUSTON (WDRB) -- Presidents, first ladies and many others who knew Barbara Bush are praising her devotion to the nation, her family and literacy.

While condolences are coming in from around the world, former President George H.W. Bush released a statement. He says he's always known and would tease his wife that she was "the most beloved woman in the world" and that he "had a complex about that fact."

In a statement released by Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath, the nation's 41st president says the outpouring of love and friendship to Barbara Bush following her death Tuesday "is lifting us all up."

He also referred Wednesday to Barbara Bush as "The Enforcer," a term of endearment bestowed by her family.

Bush says he has faith his wife "is in heaven, and we know life will go on -- as she would have it." He adds: "So cross the Bushes off your worry list."

Mrs. Bush died Tuesday, according to a statement from family spokesman Jim McGrath. She was 92.

A funeral is planned Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which Mrs. Bush and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, regularly attended. Mrs. Bush will lie in repose Friday at the church for members of the public who want to pay respects. Saturday's service will be by invitation only, according to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Former President George W. Bush says his mother, Barbara Bush, did not fear death because she believed in an afterlife and that she would be "wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God."

President Donald Trump said among Mrs. Bush's greatest achievements "was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection."

He said, "She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well."

The White House says Melania Trump will attend the funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the current first lady, says Mrs. Trump will pay her respects to the entire Bush family at the ceremony Saturday in Houston.

In a statement following Bush's death Tuesday, Melania Trump praised her 92-year-old predecessor for putting her "family and country above all else."

Former President Barack Obama said Mrs. Bush lived her life "as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling."

Former President Bill Clinton called Mrs. Bush "remarkable." 

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton thanked Mrs. Bush for her many kindnesses. 

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