Honoring Barbara Bush: Wife of 41, Mother of 43

On Tuesday, former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away after refusing continued treatment.

Bush, 92, was the wife of the 41st President, George H.W. Bush, and the mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush.

As ABC News reports, the announcement of her death came in a statement released by her husband. “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,” a statement former President George H.W. Bush read.

Here’s more:

Mrs. Bush served as the country’s first lady from 1989 to 1993. She passed away shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Mr. Bush is “broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years,” according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the former president’s office. “He held her hand all day today and was at her side when she left this good earth.”

While it’s a “challenging time … it will not surprise all of you who know and love him that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family,” Becker said.

Mrs. Bush’s funeral will be held at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, where she and the former president have been devoted members for decades.

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The former First Lady was honored by her son during an interview on Fox Business, who said that the family was grateful for the prayers and condolences they are receiving. He added, “It’s the end of a beautiful life.”

And, here’s even more on the former First Lady via ABC News:

Having been hospitalized numerous times while battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she decided Sunday that she wanted to be “surrounded by a family she adores,” according to an earlier statement released by Mr. Bush’s office.

“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 continued. “She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

In January 2017, Mrs. Bush and her husband were hospitalized at the same time. She was being treated for bronchitis and the nation’s 41st president was being treated for pneumonia.

Mrs. Bush is one of only two first ladies in the history of the country who is also the mother of a president. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, a founding father of the nation and its second president, was the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. president.

Gov. Palin shared her condolences over social media, saying:

Mrs. Bush was feisty, gracious, beautiful, and exemplary in the unique family and societal roles she embraced. I have respected her immensely. May God bless the Bush family with His peace.
– Sarah Palin

Here’s how some other people paid their respects to the former First Lady:

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