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Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Passes Away Aged 92

World | Associated Press | April 18, 2018, 9:47 am
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 Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George HW Bush, died on April 17, a family spokesman said. She was 92. (Image: AP)

Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady and mother of a president whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George HW Bush, died on April 17, a family spokesman said. She was 92. (Image: AP)

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 Mrs. Bush 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. (Image: AP)

Mrs. Bush 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. (Image: AP)

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"What you see with me is what you get. I'm not running for president — George Bush is," she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice president, was nominated to succeed Ronald Reagan. (Image: AP)

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 The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. And Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. (Image: AP)

The Bushes, who were married Jan. 6, 1945, had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. And Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who had a child who was elected president. (Image: AP)

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"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," former President George W. Bush said in a statement. (Image: AP)

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"I had the best job in America," she wrote in a 1994 memoir describing her time in the White House. "Every single day was interesting, rewarding, and sometimes just plain fun." (Image: AP)

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 On April 15, family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on

On April 15, family spokesman Jim McGrath said the former first lady had decided to decline further medical treatment for health problems and focus instead on "comfort care" at home in Houston. (Image: AP)

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 She had been in the hospital recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2009, she had heart valve replacement surgery and had a long history of treatment for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition. (Image: AP)

She had been in the hospital recently for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2009, she had heart valve replacement surgery and had a long history of treatment for Graves' disease, a thyroid condition. (Image: AP)

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 George H.W. Bush held his wife's hand all day and was at her side when she died, according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at George H.W. Bush's office in Houston. (Image: AP)

George H.W. Bush held his wife's hand all day and was at her side when she died, according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at George H.W. Bush's office in Houston. (Image: AP)

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