As most of you have already heard, Barbara Pierce Bush died yesterday. Mrs. Bush was a woman who was a strong support in the family Bush, one that has been a prominent political presence for many decades.
Whether or not we agree politically with her husband or her sons, I believe it is important to honor her for the woman she was and the good things that she has done. Barbara Bush never ran for political office, and the occasion of her death is not the time to take a political stand against her family. I have seen nasty comments about her in the past hours, and it is my belief that these comments say more about the persons making them than the woman who, in death, cannot respond.
Her last years included periodic hospitalization to treat lung problems. As is often the case, her COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) went hand in hand with congestive heart failure (CHF). In the past week, Mrs. Bush chose to forego further medical intervention, but to stay at home with her family and friends, letting her life end naturally, while being made as comfortable as possible.
“My dear mother has passed on at age 92,” former President George W. Bush said in a written statement. “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. To us, she was so much more. 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.”
Born June 8, 1925, Barbara Pierce met her future husband at age 16, marrying him three years later. She dropped out of college, and married her sailor on leave in January of 1945. Their marriage lasted 73 years. They had six children, the oldest being George W. Bush. One child, Robin, died in 1953 of leukemia. Mrs. Bush will be buried next to her baby girl at the George H.W. Bush Presidential library. The funeral will be held this
Friday, April 20 Saturday, April 21. Visitation will be on Friday, April 20, at St Martin’s Church in Houston, from noon to midnight. The funeral is by invitation only, but visitation is open to the public. People are asked to first go the Second Baptist Church campus to park and go through security. Shuttle services will be provided to and from St. Martin’s Church, beginning at 11:30 am.
Barbara Bush was the wife of a President, and the mother of a President, something that she shares with only one other woman, Abigail Adams.
She was strong minded, outspoken, and witty. She was a human being, imperfect, but doing her best. May she rest in peace, and her family comforted by her memory.
This short video about her final illness and treatment is interesting, I think.