HOUSTON, TX — Former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of 41st President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush has died according to a family spokesperson.
She was 92.
Bush, who was also mother to 43rd President George W. Bush, held the distinction of being one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
According to the family spokesperson, Mrs. Bush passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family.
The Bush’s wed in 1945, had six children together. The pair were married longer than any other presidential couple in American history.
In addition to their 5 living children together (daughter Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush died of leukemia at the age of three), the pair shared seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
During her time as First Lady, Mrs. Bush selected literacy, which she was passionate about, as her project of choice. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy still carries on today in her honor with its stated goal being to empower families through education and knowledge.
A statement released by George W. Bush on his mother’s passing Tuesday evening reads: “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. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. 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.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.