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UPDATE: Funeral Arrangements Set For Barbara Bush In Houston

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died at 92 on Tuesday, devoted her life to the cause of literacy, as well as to supporting the career of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, and raising their six children

  • Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943.  (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP)
    Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943. (AP Photo) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • FILE - In this 1964 file photo, George H.W. Bush sits on couch with his wife Barbara and their children. George W. Bush sits at right behind his mother. Behind couch are Neil and Jeb Bush. Sitting with parents are Dorothy and Marvin Bush.  Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible. After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he's actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination. And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't revealed her intentions, she's seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination. By Nancy Benac. ? (AP Photo, File) (Photo Credit: AP)
    FILE - In this 1964 file photo, George H.W. Bush sits on couch with his wife Barbara and their children. George W. Bush sits at right behind his mother. Behind couch are Neil and Jeb Bush. Sitting with parents are Dorothy and Marvin Bush. Again? Really? There are more than 300 million people in America, yet the same two families keep popping up when it comes to picking a president. The possibility of a Bush-Clinton matchup in 2016 is increasingly plausible. After months of hints and speculation, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last week said he's actively exploring a bid for the Republican nomination. And while Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn't revealed her intentions, she's seen as the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nomination. By Nancy Benac. ? (AP Photo, File) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky) (Photo Credit: AP)
    George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • Republican Senatorial candidate George Bush shows a victory sign as he and his wife Barbara stand in front of a vote machine November 3, 1964 in Houston,Tex., just before casting their ballot.   The candidate waited an hour and a half in a long of votes that circled the Pilgrim Elementary School where the Bush's voted this morning. in Houston.    (AP Photo). (Photo Credit: AP)
    Republican Senatorial candidate George Bush shows a victory sign as he and his wife Barbara stand in front of a vote machine November 3, 1964 in Houston,Tex., just before casting their ballot. The candidate waited an hour and a half in a long of votes that circled the Pilgrim Elementary School where the Bush's voted this morning. in Houston. (AP Photo). (Photo Credit: AP)
  • President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (Photo Credit: AP)
    President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • George Bush beams as some of his family members applaud at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 1, 1979 where he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. From left are: John E. (Jeb), a son; Columba, a daughter-in-law; Marvin, a son; Dorothy, a daughter; Mrs. Barbara Bush, his wife; and Bush. (AP Photo/Taylor) (Photo Credit: AP)
    George Bush beams as some of his family members applaud at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, May 1, 1979 where he formally announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. From left are: John E. (Jeb), a son; Columba, a daughter-in-law; Marvin, a son; Dorothy, a daughter; Mrs. Barbara Bush, his wife; and Bush. (AP Photo/Taylor) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • First lady Barbara Bush points towards the White House balcony where she was waiting for her husband as he returned home from a day trip from Columbia, S.C., Feb. 15, 1989 Bush addressed a joint session of the South Carolina state legislature. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi) (Photo Credit: AP)
    First lady Barbara Bush points towards the White House balcony where she was waiting for her husband as he returned home from a day trip from Columbia, S.C., Feb. 15, 1989 Bush addressed a joint session of the South Carolina state legislature. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi) (Photo Credit: AP)
  • The then Texas Gov. George W. Bush, right, gives his mother, Barbara Bush , a hug after taking a family photo Thursday, June 10, 1999 in Houston.  (Photo Credit: David J. Phillip | AP)
    The then Texas Gov. George W. Bush, right, gives his mother, Barbara Bush , a hug after taking a family photo Thursday, June 10, 1999 in Houston. (Photo Credit: David J. Phillip | AP)
  • First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (Photo Credit: Doug Mills/AP)
    First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (Photo Credit: Doug Mills/AP)
  • In this file photo from Friday, March 18, 2005, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Fla. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in "failing health," a Bush family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) (Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    In this file photo from Friday, March 18, 2005, former first lady Barbara Bush listens to her son, President George W. Bush, as he speaks on Social Security reform in Orlando, Fla. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush is in "failing health," a Bush family spokesman said Sunday, April 15, 2018, following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old former first lady has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file) (Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

 

The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush:

 

Funeral services for Barbara Bush are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which she and former President George H.W. Bush regularly attended.

According to a post on the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation website, Barbara Bush will lie in repose from noon to midnight Friday at the church for members of the public wishing to pay respects.

The funeral service Saturday is by invitation only.

Burial will be on the grounds of the Bush library at Texas A&M University in College Station, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Houston. The couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Robin, who died in 1953 of leukemia, also is buried at the site.

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President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92.

In a proclamation issued Tuesday night, Trump says Americans mourn the loss of “an outstanding and memorable woman of character.” He calls Mrs. Bush “an advocate of the American family” who “lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances.”

The proclamation calls for flags to remain lowered until sunset on the day of her burial.

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A spokeswoman says former President George H.W. Bush held the hand of his wife, Barbara Bush, all day and was by her side when she died.

Jean Becker, the chief of staff at Bush’s office in Houston, said in a statement released by Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath that the 41st president “is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara.”

The former first lady died Tuesday in Houston. She was 92.

Becker says it’s a “very challenging time” for the 93-year-old Bush, but “he also is stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family.”

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Former President Jimmy Carter paid tribute to Barbara Bush’s “warmth, generosity and keen wit” following the former first lady’s death.

A family spokesman says Bush died Tuesday at age 92.

Carter says Bush was “the matriarch of a family dedicated to serving.” In a statement, he says that through Bush’s “work to promote literacy as a value in every American home, countless families now have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives.”

Carter says he and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are saddened by her death and they’ll miss her.

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Former President Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Lynda Johnson Robb says she smiles when she thinks of Barbara Bush, saying her candor was always refreshing and her grace was endless.

Robb says Bush’s love of family “never wavered and she was always a true patriot.” She says her family was fortunate to know her and “will always be grateful for her service to our country.”

Robb’s sister, Lucy Baines Johnson, describes Bush as a “no nonsense” devoted mother to her family and the nation and was “wit, wisdom, honesty, and character on two feet.”

Johnson says Bush inspired “a ‘thousand points of light’ of service to our country and was a beacon to us all. We loved her for who she was and for what we became because of her example. Our hearts go out to her remarkable family and to all who loved her as we did. The world is a poorer placer without Barbara Bush.”

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Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are calling former first lady Barbara Bush a remarkable woman with “grit and grace, brains and beauty.”

The Clintons, in a statement shortly after Barbara Bush’s death was announced Tuesday, say she was “fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes.”

Clinton says she “showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.”

Clinton defeated her husband, George H.W. Bush, in the 1992 election.

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President Donald Trump and the first lady are paying tribute to Barbara Bush after her death Tuesday.

The White House says in a statement posted on the president’s Twitter feed that the Trumps “join the nation in celebrating Barbara Bush.”

The statement hails the former first lady as “an advocate of the American family” and says she “will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.”

The Trumps are also praising Mrs. Bush for “recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection.”

In a separate statement, Melania Trump is offering her “heartfelt condolences and prayers” to the Bush family.

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Former President George W. Bush says he and his family are saddened by the death of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush.

But the 43rd president says the family’s “souls are settled because we know hers was.”

A family spokesman says Barbara Bush died Tuesday. A family statement Sunday had said she had decided to terminate medical treatment for assorted ailments and would seek comfort therapy instead.

In his statement, George W. Bush calls his mother “a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love and literacy to millions.” He says his mother “kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end.”

 

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Barbara Bush – former first lady and wife of President George H.W. Bush, and mother of President George W. Bush – has died. Mrs. Bush passed away at home.

The immediate cause of her death is uncertain, but Mrs. Bush had been in poor health for some time. She had been treated for decades for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath released a statement Sunday saying that, "[following] a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting with family and doctors," Mrs. Bush had decided not to seek additional medical treatment.

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For many years, Mrs. Bush devoted herself to raising her and her husband's six children. She shepherded the family through nearly 30 moves, as George H.W. Bush progressed through his careers in business and politics. Mrs. Bush spoke on the importance of family during a 1990 commencement address at Wellesley College.

"Fathers and mothers, if you have children, they must come first," Mrs. Bush said. "Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house."

As first lady, and for many years after, Mrs. Bush devoted herself to the cause of literacy. "I chose literacy because I honestly believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems that plague our nation," she said in her Wellesley College address.

Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years, longer than any other presidential couple in history. In addition to her husband, Barbara Bush is survived by five of her children – sons George W., Jeb, Neil, and Marvin, and daughter Dorothy – and more than a dozen grandchildren. Her daughter Robin died of leukemia at age three.

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