Bush Family

Barbara Bush's last letter to her kids

Barbara Bush and family
The Bushes greet the media in Kennebunkport, Maine, 1999. Photo: John Bohn/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

"Things I am grateful for" was one of the final diary entries of Barbara Bush, as reported by USA Today's Susan Page in her current bestseller, "The Matriarch."

"Dearest Children," Barbara Bush typed into her laptop: "I am most thankful for five men and one lady,” she began, referring to George H.W. Bush; their four sons, George W., Jeb, Neil and Marvin; and their daughter, Doro.

George H.W. Bush laid to rest in private ceremony at presidential library

Train painted like Air Force One for George H.W. Bush's funeral
Funeral train carries President George H.W. Bush's casket to Bush presidential library in college station. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Before George H.W. Bush was laid to rest next to his wife Barbara and daughter Robin at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, a procession took place from Houston to Texas A&M University's library grounds via presidential funeral train, the first such procession since Dwight Eisenhower, the Associated Press reports.

Details: In 2005, the locomotive was unveiled for a special exhibit at the library, and was intended to be used to pull the late president’s funeral train. "The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies," the AP writes.