HOUSTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, according to a statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush.
Bush had been suffering for some time and was in and out of the hospital multiple times in the last year while battling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and congestive heart failure.
A source in mid-April said she was in failing health and had decided to not go back into the hospital.
Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married for 73 years.
Bush was the only living wife of one former president and the mother of another former president.
George H.W. Bush served one term as president from 1989 to 1993 while George W. Bush served two terms from 2001 through 2009.
Barbara Bush was a great lady and a dear friend. Her passing is a terrible loss for the Bush family, the Sununu family and for all America. Nancy and I extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to the President and all the Bush family. #nhpolitics @Bush41 pic.twitter.com/lAP5Hzectx
— John H Sununu (@GovernorSununu) April 17, 2018
My grandmother's entire life was focused on others. For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all. 1/2
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) April 17, 2018
“To us, she was so much more.” Fmr President George W Bush on the passing of his mother Fmr First Lady Barbara Bush pic.twitter.com/1d00Qognv8
— Lauren Blanchard (@LaurenBlanch12) April 17, 2018
Bill and Hillary Clinton: pic.twitter.com/lQrhVZDazZ
— Alex Leary (@learyreports) April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush was a remarkable woman. She had grit & grace, brains & beauty. She was fierce & feisty in support of her family & friends, her country & her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. Hillary and I mourn her passing and bless her memory.
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) April 17, 2018
Statement by Governor Jeb Bush on the Passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush https://t.co/7FXQlMH9Xe
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 18, 2018
Barbara Bush was a woman of incredible determination, wit, and compassion who embodied America’s best values. My deepest condolences to the entire Bush family — especially her devoted husband @GeorgeHWBush.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) April 18, 2018