Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92, family spokesman Jim McGrath announced Tuesday.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018
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. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her brother, Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce.
She has been in failing health as of Sunday and had been hospitalized multiple times throughout the year due to complications involving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure.
In her final days, she had decided against seeking additional medical treatment and instead chose to focus on comfort care while living in her home in Houston.
“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,” her son, former President George W. Bush, said.
“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. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”
“Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end.” -Former President George W. Bush pic.twitter.com/MCaHUQBHLD
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) April 17, 2018
As first lady, Barbara made the promotion of literacy her special cause, calling it the “most important issue we have.”
She founded the nonprofit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and participated in other causes as well, including those involving the homeless, AIDS, the elderly and school volunteer programs.
Statement from Bill and Hillary Clinton: “Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman.” pic.twitter.com/u9RrVkMpxk
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 18, 2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018