Just two days after it was announced that Barbara Bush would stop further medical treatment, the former first lady has passed away.
As Dearly previously reported, Barbara has been battling congestive heart failure, Graves disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Jenna Bush Hager/Instagram
On the Today Show, correspondent Jenna Bush Hager called her grandmother a “fighter” and an “enforcer”:
“We are grateful for her. She’s the best grandma anybody could have ever had, or have. She’s in great spirits and she’s a fighter, she’s an enforcer. We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she’s in it.”
Jenna said Barbara’s husband and former president George Bush has been by her side the whole time.
Barbara and George married 73 years ago, on January 6, 1945. They have six children together.Jenna Bush Hager/Instagram
Jenna told Today:
“She’s with my grandpa and the man she’s loved for over 73 years. He still says, ‘I love you, Barbie’ every night. It’s pretty remarkable.”
As CNN reports, Barbara was a devoted wife and mother, and also very outspoken when it came to women’s rights, often “raising eyebrows” when her views clashed with the Republican Party.
In 1990, while giving a college commencement speech, she said:
“Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps and preside over the White House as the president’s spouse. I wish him well.”
The 92-year-old is survived by many family members who love her, including her 93-year-old husband.