Former First Lady Barbara Bush Dead at Age 92
Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday evening at the age of 92.
Martha MacCallum likened her to "a grandmother to the entire country" and a "matriarch of a huge clan of lovely family members."
The wife of former President George H.W. Bush was in “failing health” over the weekend, according to a family statement.
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” the statement read.
Spokesman Jim McGrath did not immediately expound upon Bush’s health condition over the weekend other than to say she was surrounded by her family and appreciates the messages and prayers she received.
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
The former Barbara Pierce was born June 8, 1925 in New York.
She married George Herbert Walker Bush in 1945. They have six children, including former President George W. Bush, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and author Dorothy Bush Koch.
Mrs. Bush and former First Lady Abigail Adams also hold the rare title of the only first ladies to be the mother of presidents.
She was also the recipient of the Miss America Women of Achievement award in 1997 for her longtime work in support of literacy programs.
"My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother.," her son, former President George W. Bush, said in a statement Tuesday.
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