Former first lady Barbara Bush, wife of one former president and mother of another, has died at the age of 92. She was one of the two women in American history to see her husband and son taking oath of office of the President of the United States.
On April 15, Bush family released a statement that she was in failing health and that she had decided not to seek any further medical treatment. Below is the statement released by the Office of George H. W. Bush.
“A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.
“She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline ‘Robin’ Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce.”
Barbara Bush dropped out of college but there is no doubt that she worked tirelessly to promote the cause of universal literacy. George W. Bush said, “Our souls are settled because we know hers was,” he further added that “a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions”. The United States President Donald Trump said in a written statement, “As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family.”
Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton also expressed their grief and said in a statement, “She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes.”
Barbara Bush was born in 1925 in New York. She married George HW Bush in 1945 when she was 20. As the first lady, Barbara was a great support for her husband from 1989 to 1993. The couple celebrated their 73rd anniversary in January this year. They were the longest married couple in presidential history.