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Barbara Bush (née Pierce; June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018) was First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41stPresident of the United States. She previously was Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida.

Barbara Pierce was born in Flushing.[1] She met George Herbert Walker Bush at the age of sixteen, and the two married in Rye, New York, in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in World War II. They moved to Texas in 1950, where George later began his political career.

As First Lady of the United States, Bush worked to advance the cause of universal literacy, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Illness and death Edit

On April 15, 2018, her family released a statement regarding her failing health, stating that she had chosen to be at home with family; desiring "comfort care" rather than further treatment.[61][62] According to family spokesman Jim McGrath, her decision came as a result of "a series of recent hospitalizations."[63][64]

Bush died in her Houston home at the age of 92 on April 17, 2018. Her son George W. Bush tweeted, "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 [...] 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."[66] President Donald Trump ordered flags to half-staff in Barbara Bush's memory,[67][68] as he and First Lady Melania Trump sent condolences on the nation's behalf; saying: "As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family...She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family..."[69] Former Presidents Jimmy Carter,[70] Bill Clinton,[71] and Barack Obama[72] also sent condolences.[73] Some foreign leaders including Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Russian President Vladimir Putin sent their condolences as well.[74][75]

Her funeral was held at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on April 21, 2018, with burial at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.[76][77] Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and fellow First Ladies Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton were notable representatives who attended the service.[78]Former British Prime Minister John Major and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney were also in attendance.[79]