Ex-US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92
Washington, DC: Media reports said on Wednesday that Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a former first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, has died at the age of 92.
“A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92,” family spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a statement.
Barbara Bush is survived by her husband former President George HW Bush; sons George W., Neil, Marvin and Jeb; daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; and 17 grandchildren.
On Sunday, her husband’s office issued a statement saying that after consulting the family and her doctors, Barbara Bush had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care”, reports The New York Times
The Bushes had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history.
Barbara Bush became a major political figure as her husband rose to become first a Vice President (January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989) and then the 41st US President (January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993).
He left office in 1993 after losing a re-election bid to Bill Clinton.