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Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at 92

Barbara Bush in 1992, the Official White House Portrait. (White House)
April 17, 2018
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died, the office of George H.W. Bush announced in a statement Tuesday evening.

She was the outspoken matriarch of the Bush family, and she has left a legacy of public service promoting literacy and women’s rights.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Bush family said the former First Lady had opted for “comfort care” after a series of hospitalizations.

“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. 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. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” the statement read.

She was 92 years old, and only the second woman in U.S. history to have both a husband and son elected President of the United States – George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively.

The former First Lady dedicated her life of public service to improving literacy.

Barbara Bush is survived by her husband; sons George W., Neil, Marvin and Jeb; daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; and 17 grandchildren. Barbara Bush had six children, but one of her daughters, Robin, passed away from leukemia as a child.

George W. Bush issued an emotional statement on his mother’s passing.

“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,” he said.

Sentiments poured in from across the nation on Tuesday evening, as Barbara Bush touched so many lives and truly has left a political legacy.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump issued a statement Tuesday night.

Here is a look at her life in photos:

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