NewsApr 18, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
Former first lady of the United States Barbara Bush, wife to former president George H. W. Bush and mother to former president George W. Bush, died on Tuesday at 92 years old. A statement released by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation Tuesday night announced that the former first lady is survived by her husband of 73 years, five children and their spouses, and some 17 grandchildren.
Mrs. Bush, born Barbara Pierce in New York City in 1925, met her future husband George when they were teenagers. The couple married in January 1945 and had six children.
Known for her unwavering advocacy for literacy in America, Barbara Bush founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy in 1989, the same year she became first lady. According to the organization's website, she believed that if more people could read and write, "we could be much closer to solving so many other problems that our country faces."
"She recognized that providing access to literacy programs was essential to helping parents and children have an equal chance to succeed in life. Her work has helped to improve the lives of many families across the nation and continues to inspire the next generation of learners."
During her husband's time as president, Barbara was known for largely staying out of White House political decisions and once joked, "I don't fool around with his office and he doesn't fool around with my household."
Mrs. Bush was a woman of faith and a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church of Houston, Texas for many years. She was also good friends with the late Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Reverend Billy Graham.
On April 15, the Office of George H.W. Bush released a statement explaining that, following a string of recent hospitalizations, Mrs. Bush had decided to stop seeking medical treatment.
"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others," the statement read. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."
A public viewing for Mrs. Bush will be held Friday between noon and midnight at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. A private funeral will be held on Saturday. She will be buried on Saturday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station.
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