The former First Lady of United States Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92 on April 17, due to failing health. Barbara was married to former President George H.W. Bush for 73 years and was mother to five children, including two most prominent sons, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush.
A statement was announced of Barbara’s demise by the office of George H.W Bush and was posted on social media. Jean Becker; chief of staff at the aforementioned Office, gave an update on the 41st President of the United States’ condition after the loss of his wife. He said President Bush was ‘broken-hearted to lose his beloved’, held her hand all day and was by her side when she passed away. Jean added that President Bush was being characteristically ‘stoic and strong’ and supported by his loving family in this trying time.
In 1990, the former first lady delivered a speech at Wellesley College’s commencement ceremony in which she notably said, “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend, or a parent.” This is precisely how Barbara chose to live her life; devoted to the support of her family and friends.
Barbara was the matriarch and pillar of strength of her politically affiliated family. After her husband, who was the 41st President of the U.S., her son George W. Bush became the 43rd President of the U.S. and another son, Jeb Bush, served as the governor of Florida.
Barbara championed a number of causes in her lifetime which included homelessness and AIDS. Most prominently, she was known as an advocate for literacy for which she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Messages of grief and sorrow poured in on social media from dignitaries and people close to Mrs. Bush. Her daughter-in-law, Laura Bush, wrote that the world is a poorer place without her loving mother-in-law and role model.
Former President George W. Bush said in an official statement that he was lucky to have Barbara as his mother. He also noted that his fabulous mother had brought ‘levity, love and literacy to millions’ and kept his family laughing till the end of her days.
Former Presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also made statements at the death of the Former First Lady. Clinton called her a ‘remarkable woman’ with ‘grit & grace, brain & beauty’ and appreciated her fierce support of her family, friends, country and her causes. He heralded her life as an honest, vibrant and full one.
The Obamas termed her the “rock” of her family and spoke highly of her public service, generosity and humility.
Canadian President, Justin Trudeau and Barbara’s grandson George P. Bush also sent in their thoughts. “My grandmother didn’t just live life; she lived it well,” her grandson expressed affectionately.
The public will be given the opportunity to pay their respects to the Former First Lady this Friday, April 20 between noon and midnight at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, TX.