Elected officials around New York are remembering former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died at the age of 92.
“Barbara Bush was a woman of fierce convictions. As a First Lady and advocate, she epitomized strength. Our prayers are with her loved ones,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Bush passed away on Tuesday after being hospitalized several times over the past year with lung and heart problems. She had just returned home to be surrounded by her family and to focus on comfort care.
“Saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Bush, a woman of great strength, dignity and good humor, she will be missed,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Barbara Bush was the husband of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush. She’s also the mother of Jeb Bush, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016.
“America’s matriarch, Barbara Bush set an example for the nation with her warmth and love of family, while championing the cause of literacy. Together with our four children, we extend our deepest condolences to President Bush and the Bush family during this difficult time,” Governor Phil Murphy said.
There will be a private service for the former First Lady at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Barbara Bush will be buried alongside Robin Bush, her 3-year-old daughter who died of leukemia in 1953.
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