#N12BK: Barbara Bush dies at 92

by Garry Watts April 19, 2018, 1:44
#N12BK: Barbara Bush dies at 92

President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman". She was also extraordinarily attractive even, indeed perhaps especially so, in her old age.

Barbara was the mother of six children, one of whom preceded her in death due to childhood leukemia.

"On a personal basis, my heart hurts for her husband of 72 years, former President George Bush, and for all of the Bush family". She kept most of her sarcastic remarks contained in public, but her son discussed her temper in his book, and occasionally the press recorded an off the cuff remark. "Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end".

"I married the first man I ever kissed", Barbara used to say.

In a separate statement, Melania Trump offered her "heartfelt condolences and prayers" to the Bush family. Bush the "matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation's progress". Her family had announced Monday that she no longer was seeking medical treatment and had been moved to comfort care. "She will be missed".

The Bushs' philanthropy work is known to those close to them, but most are not aware of her contributions behind the scenes that went unnoticed. The Bush family's loss is the country's.

Former U.S first lady Barbara Bush passed away at the age of 92 last night.

Her selection as commencement speaker for Wellesley College in 1990 was met with some controversy, as students questioned whether the doting wife and pearl-wearing mother was truly a modern woman able to inspire the next generation. For instance, she once said as her husband ran for president that abortion should not be politicized.

Baby born four years after death of both parents
There, doctors implanted two of the embryos into a 27-year-old Laotian woman who would be the surrogate mother. The new grandparents had to carry out DNA tests to prove their relationship to Tiantian and keep custody.

Laura Bush says her mother-in-law had long supported literacy campaigns and believed "if everyone could read and write, a lot of problems would be solved".

My own encounters with Barbara Bush began when her relationship to the Reagan team, whom I served, was still adversarial. "She reminds us of a time when strong, principled people governed our country with civility, humility and grace. She led both with clarity and character".

"You were a lovely light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship".

Mrs. Bush was born Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York.

"Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions".

I suppose some obituary writers will hope to claim her for conservatism. It is also a reminder that while Americans have gained much in the post-war era we have also lost a great many valuable things - manners, habits, loyalties, affections, a universal conception of politics as the maintenance of the common good - that now seem all but irrecoverable. To us, she was so much more.

Barbara Bush has recalled a bout of depression in the mid-1970s. Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white. "If you don't stop and look around once and a while, you're going to miss it", Barbara said.

Bush told audience members he hoped they didn't feel sorry for him. She attended a prestigious boarding school in SC, where she met her future husband at a school dance when she was only 16 and he was a year older.

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