Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
She was a woman of service who served as first lady from 1989 to 1993 and second lady from 1981-1989. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Families to encourage parents to read to children. She was married to George H.W Bush (41st American President) for 73 years, the longest presidential marriage in American History.
Former first lady, Barbara Pierce Bush, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in the comfort of her home. Just days ago, it was reported that she decided to no longer receive medical treatment. She was in failing health, but according to a statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush, Mrs. Bush wanted to be "surrounded by a family she adores". As reported by CNN, She had been ill for some time, battling and chronic obstructive heart failure, and "Graves Disease", an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid.
"George Bush and I know the frustration of living with an undiagnosed or untreated learning problem, and we know the great joy and relief that comes when help is finally found," she wrote in a 1989 edition of "Their World," a publication of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. "I foresee the day when no American -- neither child nor adult -- will ever need to be limited on learning." - ABC News
Mrs. Bush is survived by her husband, George H.W Bush, their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her funeral will be held in her hometown of Houston, TX at St. Martin's Church in Houston. Those looking to read about her legacy, the most recent book she released is called "Barbara Bush: A Memoir"(1994).
According to ABC News, Jean Becker, chief of staff of the former president said Mr. Bush, "...held her hand all day today and was by her side when she left this good earth....and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family."