Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92


Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, according to a Bush family spokesperson.

Mrs. Bush had been in failing health as of Sunday, but had been in “great spirits,” according to her granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager. In fact, on Monday night she was alert and having conversations over a bourbon, a source close to the Bush family told CBS News. 

The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

Mrs. Bush’s plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband. She brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.

She married George H.W. Bush in 1945. They had six children and were married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

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