Laura Bush accompanied her husband, former President George W. Bush, to Washington for the funeral of his father, Bush 41.
Former President George H.W. Bush, who has been lauded as a man of decency and civility, has a complicated legacy when it comes to race.
As official Washington paid its respects inside the Capitol, Americans queued up outside the Capitol Visitor Center for their chance. "But he was also just a good man", Mr. Pence said.
Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, placed wreaths in the short ceremony before the rotunda was opened to the public.
Bush's body is lying in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda after being flown by a plane which often serves as Air Force One to a military base outside the capital from a cross-country trip earlier Monday from Houston, state of Texas.
Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the Houston neighbourhood where they made their home, at a memorial to the late president at a city park and at the airport named in his honor.
Those insults have been set aside, but the list of funeral service speakers marked the first time since Lyndon Johnson's death in 1973 that a sitting president was not tapped to eulogize a late president. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and historian Jon Meacham, Bush family spokesmen said. There will be a motorcade that transports Bush to Washington National Cathedral for a state funeral.
"He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline "Robin" Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or "Bucky" Bush".
"I am saddened to learn of the passing of President George H.W. Bush".
Bush was elected USA president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days.
In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: "I just loved him". Others in attendance will include President Donald Trump and the first lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and Prince Charles.