Houston, Apr 18: Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States, died on Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92. Bush family spokesperson Jim Mc Grath confirmed her death and said the official funeral will be announced as soon as is practical. Her husband George HW Bush, the 41st President of the US, was reportedly with her as she took her last breath.
“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,” read a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.
The White House mourned the death of the Former First Lady of the US. In a statement released on April 17, the President of United States Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump ‘joined the nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush’. “Amongst her greatest achievements was recognising the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, for which she served unfailingly well,” the statement read further.
Earlier on Sunday, she had declined further medical treatment despite being in ‘failing health’. A family spokesperson had informed then that she wished to spend her time in ‘comfort care’. The statement did not indicate the nature of Barbara’s illness but said that she had had a series of recent hospitalisations.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to express grief on Barbara Bush’s death. “Always a friend to Canada, Barbara Bush leaves a legacy of dignity, grace, service and devotion to family. Sophie and I send our deepest condolences to Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, their family, and to all Americans,” he tweeted.
She leaves behind her husband and former President George HW Bush, five children, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Barbara Bush was born as Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925, in New York City. She married George HW Bush in 1945 and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
While Barbara Bush was First Lady of the United States, she worked to advance the cause of universal literacy and founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Barbara Bush was one of only two First Ladies who was also the mother of a US president. Her son George W Bush served as the US President. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.