Former first lady, literacy advocate and fierce supporter of her family, Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92. Since then, people from across the nation have been sharing memories of the remarkable woman and offering condolences to her family. Below are just a few of the ways people are honoring her.
Her son, former President George W. Bush
“My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and 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. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
“As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.”
The president ordered flags to fly at half staff in her honor.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
“Barbara Bush dedicated her life to helping others. As only the second woman in history to be both the wife and mother of U.S. presidents, Barbara had a unique and profound impact on our country.
“Spearheading the fight against illiteracy, she created the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, working to improve the lives of those less fortunate through education. Her selfless devotion to service defines the inspiring legacy Barbara has left behind. Her impact on Texas and our nation will forever be treasured.”
Abbott also ordered Texas flags to fly at half staff in Bush’s honor.
Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
“We’ll always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we’re even more grateful for the way she 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. She’ll be remembered for passing those American values on to her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren – and to the countless citizens whom she and George inspired to become “points of light” in service to others.”
Houston Sports Teams
Barbara Bush and her husband settled in Houston and attended numerous sporting events, including one of the Astros’ World Series games. They also threw out the first pitch during the Houston Astros’ game against the Kansas City Royals in 2015.
Astros President Reid Ryan wrote “we had the great privilege of getting to know Mrs. Bush and President Bush personally. While at the ballpark, both always greeted everyone from the ticket-takers to the ushers with a warm, friendly smile.”
J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans posted photos of himself with the former first lady and said “You were a beautiful light in this world and I am forever thankful for your friendship.”
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