Barbara Bush, the former First Lady married to George H.W. Bush, has died today.
Barbara Bush, the former First Lady married to George H.W. Bush, has died today. The Office of George H. W. Bush confirmed her death on Tuesday, saying in a statement, “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. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline ‘Robin’ Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce.”
In a statement Sunday, the former first lady had decided not to seek additional medical treatment and instead sought comfort care at home.
During her husband’s tenures as vice president and president, Barbara Bush took an interest in promoting literacy-advancement programs. In 1989 she founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a non-profit group with the goal of helping both children and parents achieve higher literacy levels. She also chaired the foundation until 2012.