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Barbara Bush dies aged 92

18 April 2018

After George H.W. Bush's presidency, he and Barbara raised more than $1 billion for literacy and cancer charities.

President Trump and Melania Trump released statements Tuesday night praising former first lady Barbara Bush as "an advocate of the American family".

Barbara Bush, the wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, is in "failing health" and has made a decision to no longer seek medical treatment, the office of the ex-president said in a statement from Houston on Sunday.

On Sunday, family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady had chose to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at home in Houston.

In true Barbara Bush fashion, when she learned about the press release, Neil said, she began answering phone calls from anxious friends to reassure them.

As her husband mounted a career in oil and eventually politics, Bush was a linchpin, managing 29 moves of her family. Her son, Republican George Walker Bush, triumphed in the disputed 2000 U.S. election and was president from 2001 to 2009.

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Daughter-in-law Laura Bush, wife of the 43rd president, said Mrs.

Bush had an independent streak and could be sharp-tongued.

Bush became second lady of the United States when her husband was elected to the first of two terms as Ronald Reagan's vice president in 1980.

"I don't fool around with his office and he doesn't fool around with my household", she once said.

"Like a lawyer building her case, Ganny recited my every unsportsmanlike infraction, from lifting my skirt to the cheers I had chosen to yell in the heat of the moment", Bush Hager wrote. George H.W. and George W. were the first father-and-son presidents since John and John Quincy Adams. Barbara Bush's hair began to turn prematurely white after the shock of the girl's death.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. "Also, George Bush has given me the world".

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Born in 1925, Mrs Bush was a widely respected political figure and a champion for global literacy long after her husband had left the White House.

Sons George and Jeb have also visited in the past week.

She told reporters that Geraldine Ferraro, her husband's Democratic rival for the vice presidency, was a "4 million dollar".

He said in a statement: "My dear mother has passed on at age 92".

She also was not shy about the possibility of a female president, disarming a Wellesley College audience at a 1990 appearance protested by some on campus who questioned her credentials to address female graduates aiming for the workplace.

McGrath said Mrs. Bush spent two days at Methodist Hospital earlier this month but decided not to return there when her health began to deteriorate.

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"You have given me joy that few men know", George Bush wrote to her, according to a collection of letters published in 1999.

Barbara Bush dies aged 92