Former First Lady Barbara Bush is dead at 92.
Bush was only the second woman in American history to have had a husband (George H.W. Bush) and a son (George W. Bush) elected President.
Barbara and George H.W. were married for 73-years and had six children one of whom, a daughter, Robin, died as a child from leukemia.
As first lady she promoted women's rights and was a literacy advocate.
She died yesterday (Tuesday) with her husband by her side after deciding to discontinue medical treatment for her declining health.
George Held Her Hand:
George H.W. Bush was there beside his wife at the end of her life.
The former president of the United States, 93, is “broken-hearted” over the loss of his wife of 73 years. His long-time chief of staff Jean Becker sent out a statement which read:
“So many of you are asking, “How is 41?” He, of course, is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day today and was at her side when [she] left this good earth.”
“Obviously, this is a very challenging time. But it will not surprise all of you who know and love him, that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family. He is determined to be there for them as well. He appreciates all the well wishes and support.”
•92 yrs old
•Married to George HW Bush for 73 yrs
•2nd in history to be wife, mother of a president (Abigail Adams)
•6 children, 17 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren
•Foundation for Family Literacy: $40M+ to support 1k+ programs
•Secret Service codename: Tranquility
Son and former President George W. Bush released a statement saying his “dear mother” had passed away and that the family would “miss her dearly.”
"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. To us, she was so much more."
Bush said 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."
President Trump tweeted he and first lady Melania Trump “join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.” He went on to describe her as “an advocate of the American family” and said she would “be remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.”
Former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama shared a statement on Twitter, calling Bush "the rock of a family dedicated to public service."
Former President Bill Clinton tweeted: "Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.