UPDATE: Former First Lady Barbara Bush dead at 92

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HOUSTON (KXAN) –

UPDATE 7:43 PM:

From President George W. Bush:

DALLAS, TEXAS — “My dear mother has passed on at age 92. 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.”

Statement from the President on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family.

Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well.

The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush.

Lt. Gov. Patrick Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush:

HOUSTON – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the following statement today, after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, wife of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, mother to former Texas governor and U.S. President George W. Bush and grandmother to Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush:

“Former First Lady Barbara Bush was an inspiration to all who had the honor of meeting her. Her work to increase literacy, begun during her time in the White House, continues today through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. It has made a difference in the lives of thousands of people, especially young children.

“Mrs. Bush was a model of great strength and wit even in the toughest times. She leaves a substantial legacy. The people of Texas and the people of America will miss her.”

John Cornyn, on former First Lady Barbara Bush:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement on the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush:
 
“Barbara has blessed this nation with her unwavering service, strong moral compass, and trademark sense of humor,” said Sen. Cornyn. “Eternally devoted to her faith, family, and country, her legacy in promoting literacy will live on in the families she touched and young minds she helped cultivate.  Sandy and I join Texans and the nation in prayer for the entire Bush family tonight.”

Statement by Governor Jeb Bush:

“Columba and I join every member of the Bush family in offering our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for my Mom in recent days, and throughout her remarkable life. I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush. Thank you for your prayers, and we look forward to celebrating and honoring her life and contributions to our family and great nation in the coming days.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died, family spokesperson Jim McGrath said in a tweet at 6:37 p.m. Tuesday.

McGrath says the official funeral schedule will be announced as soon as practical.

President George W. Bush, the former first lady’s son, said in a statement: 

“My dear mother has passed on at age 92. 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.”

Information courtesy of our sister station, KXAN in Austin. 

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