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Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

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HOUSTON (AP) — Former first lady Barbara Bush has died. She was 92.

A family spokesman says she died Tuesday.

The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

Mrs. Bush’s plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband. She brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.

She married George H.W. Bush in 1945. They had six children and were married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement following the announcement Former First Lady Barbara Bush has passed.

“Gayle and I are heartbroken to learn of the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She served our country with grace and kindness and the world is a better place because of her contributions. The Lord has a masterful plan for all of us and I know Mrs. Bush is home with him now. We join the chorus of prayers from around the world as the Bush family navigates this heartbreaking time.”

U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement on the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush:

“First Lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for her grace, her unfailing sense of humor, and her love and support for her family. I currently occupy the Longworth office occupied by George H.W. Bush when he served in the House, and I think of all the conversations they must have had in these rooms during those formative years in his career. Our prayers go out to President Bush and the entire Bush family on their loss.”

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The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

Former President Lyndon Johnson’s daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb, says she smiles when she thinks of Barbara Bush, saying her candor was always refreshing and her grace was endless.

Robb says Bush’s love of family “never wavered and she was always a true patriot.” She says her family was fortunate to know her and “will always be grateful for her service to our country.”

Robb’s sister, Lucy Baines Johnson, describes Bush as a “no nonsense” devoted mother to her family and the nation and was “wit, wisdom, honesty, and character on two feet.”

Johnson says Bush inspired “a ‘thousand points of light’ of service to our country and was a beacon to us all. We loved her for who she was and for what we became because of her example. Our hearts go out to her remarkable family and to all who loved her as we did. The world is a poorer placer without Barbara Bush.”

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8:05 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are calling former first lady Barbara Bush a remarkable woman with “grit and grace, brains and beauty.”

The Clintons, in a statement shortly after Barbara Bush’s death was announced Tuesday, say she was “fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes.”

Clinton says she “showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.”

Clinton defeated her husband, George H.W. Bush, in the 1992 election.

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7:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump and the first lady are paying tribute to Barbara Bush after her death Tuesday.

The White House says in a statement posted on the president’s Twitter feed that the Trumps “join the nation in celebrating Barbara Bush.”

The statement hails the former first lady as “an advocate of the American family” and says she “will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.”

The Trumps are also praising Mrs. Bush for “recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection.”

In a separate statement, Melania Trump is offering her “heartfelt condolences and prayers” to the Bush family.

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7:15 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush says he and his family are saddened by the death of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush.

But the 43rd president says the family’s “souls are settled because we know hers was.”

A family spokesman says Barbara Bush died Tuesday. A family statement Sunday had said she had decided to terminate medical treatment for assorted ailments and would seek comfort therapy instead.

In his statement, George W. Bush calls his mother “a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love and literacy to millions.” He says his mother “kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end.”

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6:50 p.m.

Former first lady Barbara Bush has died. She was 92.

Family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that she died Tuesday. She had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on “comfort care” at home in Houston.

The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

Mrs. Bush’s plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband. She brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.

She married George H.W. Bush in 1945. They had six children and were married longer than any presidential couple in American history.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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