Barbara Bush dies at 92

Former First Lady and mother of President George W. Bush passes away after health deteriorates.

Ben Ariel,

Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away on Tuesday at age 92.

Bush was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush.

Her death was announced by the office of her husband.

Bush had been in failing health, suffering from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

After a series of hospitalizations, including one in early 2017 when she and her husband were both patients at Houston Methodist Hospital, she decided earlier this week not to seek further medical treatment.

Funeral details have not yet been announced.

Bush is one of only two first ladies in the history of the country who is also the mother of a president. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams was the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth U.S. president.

During her tenure as the nation's first lady Bush was a champion for global literacy and continued her work in that field after she and her husband left the White House.

In 1989, she formed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which encourages parents to read to their children.




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