Even after the passing of former first lady Barbara Bush, agents with the Secret Service reportedly remained by her side.
As Bush’s casket lay in St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Texas, she was flanked by agents who were among the members of her personal detail, local outlewt KTRK reported.
This, as thousands of people paid their respects Friday to the wife of former President George H.W. Bush during a public viewing. A funeral was held for her on Saturday.
A former Secret Service agent and member of Bush’s detail, Thom Bolsch, spoke to the outlet and described her as “one of the most gracious people we’ve ever protected.”
“She went out of her way to make us feel like part of the Bush family,” he continued. “It was just a wonderful relationship we had.”
Bolsch explained that Bush spent a lot of time with the Secret Service agents, saying “They are family to her.”
“Agents on her detail, they’re the ones posted around her house all of the time,” he told KTRK. “They’re the ones who bring her shopping. They’re the ones who bring her to events.”
The former first lady died at age 92 on Tuesday.
Following her death, the agency tweeted a photo of Bush and said she was “the epitome of class and grace during and after her service to our country as First Lady of the United States.”