Former First Lady Barbara Bush has Passed Away

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away at the age of 92.

On Sunday, many of the major news outlets reported that she had once again fallen ill and had declined to receive any life-saving efforts. Instead, she was said to have been receiving care in an effort to keep her as comfortable as possible.

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On Tuesday, Barbara Bush passed away at her home in Houston surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Mrs. Bush met her husband-to-be when she was just 16 years old, and they were married less than 2 years later. Together they moved more than two dozen times over the course of their married life, and they had 6 children together. Mrs. Bush was an essential part of her husband, George H.W. Bush’s, political career and she has always been his fiercest defender – particularly when he lost a bruising nomination fight against eventual President Ronald Reagan in 1980. In fighting for her family, both personally and politically, Mrs. Bush became only the 2nd woman to see both her husband and her son become the President of the United States (Abigail Adams was the first).

While Mrs. Bush, was usually a boon to her family’s political hopes, there were moments when she cost them votes as well.

She was a fierce proponent of women’s rights and she spoke openly about equality, but she hurt her husband’s reputation among conservatives with her support of abortion. Years later, when her son Jeb was considering a run for the White House, Mrs. Bush inadvertently made him the butt of many a late-night joke when she said that  “We’ve had enough Bushes” in the White House. Later, when Jeb finally decided to run she changed her tune saying, “I think he’ll be a great president.”

While Mrs. Bush may have had her controversies, she’ll mostly be remembered as woman of class and culture who epitomized what a First Lady should act like.

From CNN:

With her husband as vice president in the 1980s, Bush adopted literacy as a cause, raising awareness and eventually launching the nonprofit Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. After George H.W. Bush’s presidency, he and Barbara raised more than $1 billion for literacy and cancer charities.

“I chose literacy because I honestly believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that plague our nation and our society,” she said.

A writer, her books include an autobiography and one about post-White House life. Her children’s book about their dog, Millie, and her puppies written during her White House years was, as were her other books, a bestseller.

President Bush’s (the elder) staff released the following messages:

President George W. Bush also left a message praising his mother and memorializing her life.

“Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end,” George W. Bush said. “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.”

Many others wanted to chime in with something to say regarding Mrs. Bush’s passing:

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