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Tributes For Barbara Bush; Son, Jeb, In Chicago For Speech

Tributes For Barbara Bush; Son, Jeb, In Chicago For Speech

She will lie in repose on Friday, April 20, between noon and midnight at St. Martin's Episcopal Church at 717 Sage Road in Houston.

Obama: "Barbara Bush was the rock of a family dedicated to public service, and our thoughts and prayers are with both Presidents Bush and the entire Bush family tonight".

Flags were lowered to half-staff at the library on the campus of Texas A&M on word of Bush's passing.

Their six kids produced the widest range of parental emotions imaginable: watching one son become president, another the governor of Florida, and burying a daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of three.

"Barbara Bush lived an extraordinary life of devotion, love, and laughter".

"I went over to see her a week ago Saturday", George W. Bush said.

The former first lady died Tuesday in Houston.

"In 1984, her quick wit got her into trouble when she was quoted as referring to Geraldine Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, as "that $4 million - I can't say it, but it rhymes with rich".

Family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed the death in a statement.

"My dear mother has passed on at age 92. We extend our heartfelt condolences to President Bush and the entire Bush family".

Jenna Bush Hager's father-in-law, former Virginia Lt. Gov. John Hager, remembers former first lady Barbara Bush as a "marvelous woman".

"I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that can not hold a candle to being Barbara's husband", he also said. Fittingly, she died holding the hand of the man she'd met when she was just 16.

After retiring to Houston, the Bushes helped raise funds for charities and appeared frequently at events such as Houston Astros baseball games.

In 2013, she told C-SPAN in an interview that they pray aloud each night "and sometimes we fight over whose turn it is".

In her family, Mrs.

In a statement of condolence to the Bush family on Wednesday, Gorbachev said: "I am deeply saddened by the death of Barbara, and on this day I remember everything was connected with us, our numerous meetings". Her incredible spirit and grace will be missed.

"I wish him well", she said.

She and H.W. moved back to Houston after they left the White House, and they were open in later years about their difficulty in re-acclimating to life outside the presidency. We don't always think about the intimate details of the presidents and their families after their time of public service is over, but her anecdotes reminded Americans how much she had in common with them.

The Trumps also praised Mrs. Bush's greatest achievements "was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection". A staunch supporter of global literacy, she not only understood the vast value of knowing how to read and write but the true impact it could have on helping others lead a better life.

It was 1989 when U.S President Bush and First Lady Barbara welcomed Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari to the White house on a state visit. "She and I were needling each other, and she turned to the doctor and said, 'You want to know why George W.is the way he is?' And the doctor looked somewhat surprised". Bush was considered a "special member of our Mercy family". A family statement Sunday had said she had made a decision to terminate medical treatment for assorted ailments and would seek comfort therapy instead.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy said the organization has historically supported Aspire Family Literacy and the Austin Learning Academy within Central Texas. "May the Bush family find strength in her memory as we keep them in our prayers".

McGrath confirmed her death Tuesday evening. She had chose to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at home in Houston.

The former first lady's funeral is by invitation only at St. Martin's Church. She was only the second woman to have a husband and son serve as president of the United States.

Like her husband, she was a pre-Goldwater Republican to whom classical liberalism, with its absurd dogmas and naked appeals to our basest impulses, was incomprehensible.

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