Barbara Bush dies: President Trump and wife Melania praise former first lady


"A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92", the statement said. She had been in the hospital recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

But as news of her poor health spreads, many are taking time to speak out about Barbara, including her granddaughter Jenna. The couple had six children.

Formerly Barbara Pierce, Bush is a distant relative to the country's 14th president, Franklin Pierce.

"When I was a kid, she would read to me and my siblings", Bush said. He says his mother "kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end".

Books have always been like members of the family for the Bushes.

You can see more of Deborah's interview with Neil Bush on our Monday evening newscasts and Tuesday on Great Day Houston. "I'm not running for president - George Bush is", she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan.

She's been there for them.

In 2013, Barbara Bush said on C-SPAN that "I have no fear of death, which is a huge comfort because we're getting darn close". But on the inside, she has been described as "fiery", a woman of "common sense" and a champion of literacy.

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"I didn't like to study very much", she said later. During the next four years, opinion polls often gave her approval ratings that exceeded her husband's. Both were hospitalized simultaneously - Mrs. He won a second term in 2002, and then made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The doctor called the Bushes a few days later with a word neither had ever heard before: leukemia. "I saw that little body, I saw her spirit go".

Just last year, allegations surfaced that George Bush, who for more than five years has used a wheelchair for mobility, inappropriately touched more than a half dozen women on their buttocks as they stood next to him to take photos.

She continued: "Also, George Bush has given me the world. He is the best - thoughtful and loving".

They met at a Christmas dance.

After World War II, the Bushes moved to the Texas oil patch to seek their fortune and raise a family.

Within eight months, they'd met each other's families, were engaged in August 1943 and married January 6, 1945, four months after Bush was shot down over the Pacific.

Smith College awarded Barbara Bush with an honorary degree in 1989.