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Tributes pour in for Barbara Bush

Apr 18, 2018, 11:24 AM | Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 4:00 pm

HOUSTON, Texas —  Barbara Bush is being remembered as a force of a woman, a beloved former first lady, devoted to family.

She died Tuesday at the age of 92.

She was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in the 80’s and also had congestive heart failure and COPD which affects the lungs.

Flags around the country and world are flying at half-staff today.  In memory of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

The matriarch of a political dynasty – one of only two women in American history to be both the wife and mother of a U.S. President.

Tributes and condolences pouring in – none more moving, than from her family.

Former President George W. Bush posting a photo of his parents on Instagram – writing, “Our souls are settled because we know hers was.”

Her grandson tweeted, “My grandmother didn’t just live life, she lived it well.”

Born Barbara Pierce in Queens, New York, she was 16 when she met a young man at a Connecticut country club — who would change her life — George Herbert Walker Bush.

Barbara Bush said, “I married the first man I ever kissed. You talk about a bore, I am the world’s worst.”

The Bush’s crossed the country to Texas and had six children.

Their daughter Robin died of Leukemia when she was just three, a tragedy that had an enormous impact on Barbara.

As her husband shifted to a life of public service, Barbara Bush remained out of the spotlight until he was elected as Ronald Reagan’s Vice President in 1980.

And eight years later, George H.W. Bush became the 41st President.

Barbara Bush loved living in the White House. As first lady she established a nonprofit dedicated to literacy.

In or out of politics, the legacy Barbara Bush nurtured will live on through her family, children and grandchildren.

“I know that I’m the world’s luckiest woman. I think if I sort of put it in a nutshell, these are the things that are important to me: faith family and friends,” said Barbara Bush.

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Tributes pour in for Barbara Bush