Former First Lady Barbara Bush was not afraid to die. When she passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday, it’s unlikely that fear is what she was feeling.
During a 2013 C-SPAN interview, the former first lady shared intimate details about her faith and view of death. Her words will continue to resonate following her passing.
“I have no fear of death, which is a huge comfort because we are getting darn close,” Bush said. “I don’t have a fear of death for my precious George or myself because I know there is a great God.”
Even five years ago, Bush understood that her limited time on this Earth was coming to a close — and it didn’t scare her. Her tremendous faith in God prepared her to handle the idea of her own mortality and handle it with incredible grace.
While Barbara Bush said she likes to keep some things “private,” she offered a glimpse into how she and former President George H.W. Bush practice their faith.
“It’s very private and I’m a huge believe in a loving God,” she said. “I pray, George and I pray, every night out loud. And sometimes we fight over whose turn it is.”
BREAKING: Barbara Bush has died at 92. pic.twitter.com/0wdaQS2Cg3
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The office of former President George H.W. Bush confirmed the sad news of Bush’s death on Tuesday:
“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.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bush family on their enormous loss.