Former first lady Barbara Bush, presidential mother and grandmother of 14, has died at her home in Texas after a decadeslong battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly known as COPD. She was 92.
Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed her death on Tuesday evening.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 17, 2018
Bush spent her last days with family receiving “comfort care” after a series of hospitalizations related to COPD, congestive heart failure, and Graves’ disease, according to a statement McGrath released before her death.
“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” he said. “She is surrounded by family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”
Sources close to the Bush family reported that the former first lady did not appear to suffer in her last days and instead enjoyed conversation and a glass of bourbon with her family.
In life, Bush was known for her faith, deep dedication to family, and philanthropic efforts to advance universal literacy.
She married her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, in 1945. They were married for 73 years and together raised six children, including another former president — also named George Bush. She was one of only two first ladies to marry one president and give birth to another.