Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

Former first lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington, D.C., circa 1990. A family spokesman said Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that Mrs. Bush had died. She was 92. | Associated Press file photo by Doug Mills, St. George News

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plain-spoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, D.C., often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.

Former first lady Barbara Bush touches the hair of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, as they arrive for the premiere of HBO’s documentary on his life, Kennebunkport, Maine, June 12, 2012 | Associated Press file photo by Charles Krupa, St. George News

“What you see with me is what you get. I’m not running for president — George Bush is,” she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan.

The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. And Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

“I had the best job in America,” she wrote in a 1994 memoir describing her time in the White House. “Every single day was interesting, rewarding, and sometimes just plain fun.”

On Sunday, family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on “comfort care” at home in Houston.

She had been in the hospital recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2009, she had heart valve replacement surgery and had a long history of treatment for Graves’ disease, a thyroid condition.

She is survived by her husband and five children. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Utah public officials were among those offering their thoughts and condolences.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney called Barbara Bush “the great First Lady of our times.”

From Sen. Orrin Hatch:

Today, we lost a woman of wit, grace, humility, and humor. Through the eloquence of her example, Barbara Bush inspired us all to be the best version of ourselves. I count myself lucky to have known Barbara and even luckier to have called her a friend. Tonight, my prayers are with the Bush family and all those who were touched by the life of this remarkable woman.

From Congresswoman Mia Love, via Twitter:

I’m sending sympathy and prayers to the Bush family tonight. #BarbaraBush was a great First Lady and a loving, devoted wife and mother. #utpol

From Gov. Gary Herbert:

From State Sen. Todd Weiler:

Written by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press | St. George New reporter Mori Kessler contributed to the story.

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1 Comment

  • SSTEED April 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Hasta la vista Mrs. Crowley. To say her son was elected is a bit of a stretch.

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