Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.
The office of former President George H.W. Bush confirmed the sad news 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.”
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018
Here’s what Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, had to say about his grandmother:
My grandmother’s entire life was focused on others. For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all. 1/2
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush had recently decided not to seek additional medical treatment following a “series of hospitalizations,” instead focusing on “comfort care.”
“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 office of George H.W. Bush said in a statement. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
Prayers for the entire Bush family and the United States for the terrible loss.