Former first lady, Barbara Bush, wife of President George HW Bush and mother of son President George W Bush, has died. She was 92 years old.
Baraba was the former first lady from 1989 to 1993. Over the last several years, Barbara’s health has been declining simply due to old age. BBC reported that she recently asked to be taken off further medical treatment.
Barbara Bush was beloved for her simple and honest commentary and her loyalty to her family. Barbara served both as a first lady and a mother to United States Presidents. Her husband is now the oldest living US president and him at 93 years old and her son served two terms.
News of Barbara’s death was announced by her son, George, who shared: "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."
Barbara honored her position as the first lady and made sure to use her platform to fight for what she believed in. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to help parents and children from disadvantaged communities to read and write.
He went on to say that his mother "kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes."
Barbara was loved and respected by many, including other presidents and first ladies such as Barack and Michelle Obama. They described her as “the rock of a family dedicated to public service" and as "an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit".
Barbara lived in complete appreciation for relationships. During a commencement address at Wellesley College, she shared something that will forever inspire others. The former first lady shared: "Cherish your human connections," Mrs. Bush told graduates. "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."
Barbara Bush was truly a gift to so many. She will be remembered and loved. Her services and efforts will forever influence the people to be their best selves.