( Daily Mail ) Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday aged 92.
Her death, which came two days after she fell seriously ill and refused medical treatment, was announced in a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.
‘A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92,’ it read.
Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush.
George W Bush said: ‘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.’
One of her 14 grandchildren, Texas land commissioner George P. Bush, tweeted: ‘My grandmother’s entire life was focused on others. For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all.
‘My grandmother didn’t just live life; she lived it well. And the sorrow of her loss is softened by the knowledge of her impact on our family and our country. I will miss you, Ganny—but know we will see you again.’
President Donald Trump released a statement praising Bush’s ‘unfailing’ service to her country and family.