Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92.
The news came after a family spokesman said April 15 that Bush would not be seek further medical treatment following a spate of hospitalizations. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady would “instead focus in comfort care.”
McGrath did not specify what illness or sickness led to Bush’s decision. She had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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.— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
Barbara raised a family of service & character, stood by her beloved husband in the best & worst of times, and spoke her convictions with courage & passion. The great First Lady of our times. Ann and I will profoundly miss her friendship, her compassion, & the twinkle of her eye.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush served her country with class. She served her family with love and compassion. I’m grateful I knew her. And as an American, I'm grateful for her service. My heart goes out to her husband, children, great-grandchildren and the entire crew. A life beautifully lived. pic.twitter.com/WUuQgo8iBF— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) April 17, 2018
With compassion and grace, Barbara Bush inspired generations of Americans. My deepest condolences go to President George H.W. Bush and her entire family.— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) April 18, 2018
Bush was hospitalized early last year when her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, was admitted for treatment of a case of viral bronchitis.
The Bushes had six children, including former President George W. Bush, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and Robin Bush, who died as a child.
Barbara Bush was born June 8, 1925 in New York City.
She married George H.W. Bush in 1945, making theirs the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. Barbara Bush supported her husband throughout his political career, including his time as a congressional representative from Texas, as vice president and as the 41st president of the United States.
Former first lady Barbara Bush pictured in 2017. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Barbara Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989 with the goal of empowering families through literacy.
Bush is survived by her husband, George H.W. Bush, five children, 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
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