Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed away.
A spokesperson for former President George H.W. Bush released a statement on the tragic news this evening:
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018
Bush was dealing with health issues and was recently hospitalized. A recent statement said, “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. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years.
Her sons, former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have released statements:
GEORGE W. BUSH: 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. 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 for all your prayers and good wishes.
JEB BUSH: Columba and I join every member of the Bush family in offering our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for my Mom in recent days, and throughout her remarkable life. I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush. Thank you for your prayers, and we look forward to celebrating and honoring her life and contributions to our family and great nation in the coming days.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have also issued a statement:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
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