Dozens of local attorneys packed into the 347th District Court Wednesday afternoon.
There, Judge Missy Medary invited them to join her for a tribute to Barbara Bush; but there was a dress code, they all had to wear pearls, just like the former first lady.
“You don’t think about Barbara bush without thinking of the pearls around her neck. I wanted to honor the legacy of Barbara Bush by doing that,” said Judge Medary.
The assistant district attorney borrowed his wife’s pearls for this event.
“We’re gathering to remember somebody a very significant person in American culture,” said Assistant District Attorney Mike Gordon.
Gordon had known Bush since he was a child.
“My family knows their family I mean, my parents and Mr. and Mrs. Bush actually help(ed) found that church,” Gordon explained.
He’d attended the same church as the Bushes, St. Martins Episcopal. It’s the same church where a public memorial will be held Friday.
“She was always nice to the kids, she was always there and she was a fixture around the church,” Gordon added.
Corpus Christi also held fond memories for Mrs. Bush and her husband, who was once stationed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Their personal scrap book recorded visits they made to the sparkling city by the sea.
Meanwhile, local Attorney Mel Klein met Barbara Bush when he served on the board of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
“She was a real role model to so many people with her grace with her dignity with her dedication, “ said Klein.
A public memorial service will be held Friday at the Houston Church St. Martin.