Barbara Bush, former first lady, dies aged 92
Bush was one of only two women in American history to be both the wife and the mother of United States presidents
The former US first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, a family spokesman has said.
Bush had been in failing health in recent days she reportedly had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease andcongestive heart failure. A family spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a 15 April statement: Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs Bush has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.
Bushs two most prominent sons, the former president George W Bush and the former Florida governor Jeb Bush, paid tribute to their mother in separate statements after the news of her death broke.
Our souls are settled because we know hers was, George W Bush said, adding that his mother was a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.
To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end.
Jeb Bush, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said: Im exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush.
Donald Trump said he and the first lady, Melania Trump, joined the nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family, the president said in a written statement.
Bush was one of two women in American history to be both the wife and the mother of US presidents. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
Barack and Michelle Obama praised Bush as the rock of a family dedicated to public service.
In a joint statement, the Obamas said Bush lived her life as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit.
Bill and Hillary Clinton called Bush a remarkable woman.
She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes, the Clintons said in a statement.
She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like.
Born in New York in 1925, Barbara Pierce married George HW Bush on 6 January 1945. They had six children including the former president George W Bush and the former Florida governor Jeb Bush. She is also survived by her sons Neil and Marvin and her daughter Doro Bush Koch. Her daughter Robin died at the age of three in 1953.
As first lady from 1989 to 1993, Bush was an advocate for literacy and started the Barbara Bush Foundation to promote this goal. She drew attention while at the White House for seeking to eschew politics, particularly controversial issues such as abortion. However, she attracted controversy in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when she said: So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them, while meeting with survivors of the natural disaster at a sports stadium in Houston.
Bush took to the campaign trail in 2016 on behalf of her son Jeb. She had previously said in 2013 that although Jeb was the best qualified, she thought the country had had enough Bushes.