Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 92.
A statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush confirmed her passing, saying, “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,” the statement reads. “She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce.”
Mrs. Bush is one of only two ladies in America’s history who had the honor of seeing both her husband and her son elected as President. Abigail Adams was the other and was wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams, the second and sixth Presidents respectively.
Barbara Bush served as the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She helped develop the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy which “seeks to improve literacy in the U.S. through programs directed toward pre-school children and parental literacy.” She spoke regularly on a national radio program that stressed the significance of reading aloud to children called “Mrs. Bush’s Story Time.”
After leaving the White House, Barbara served on the boards of Americares and the Mayo Clinic.
The President and Barbara Bush were dear friends of the several country artists, many of whom took to social media to express their condolences.
So saddened to hear that Barbara Bush has passed away… A dear friend… A great Patriot!!! Goodbye for now dear wonderful woman!!! Until The Day…. Let The Love Shine Down… pic.twitter.com/7LgzxezaO2
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 17, 2018
My deepest condolences to @GeorgeHWBush and the entire Bush family on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Her strength, love of family and love for her country should serve as an inspiration to us all. ??
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) April 17, 2018
In 2002, President and Mrs. Bush attended a George Strait concert at the Houston Rodeo. During the show, Strait recalled the time he was asked to sing for President and Mrs. Bush at the White House, a moment he calls a highlight of his career. With the Bushes in the audience, Strait sang them one of their favorite songs of his, “Love Without End, Amen.”
Watch the touching performance from George Strait in the video below.