Barbara Bush, Former First Lady, Dies At Her Houston Home

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 12: Former first lady Barbara Bush greets people at Barns and Noble in Washington during a meet and greet coinciding with the release of her new book "Reflections: Life after the White House" December 12, 2003 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The former first lady was a literacy advocate and only the second woman to be both the wife and mother of U.S. Presidents.

HOUSTON, TX — Former first lady Barbara Bush passed away at her Houston home Tuesday evening surrounded by her family. She was 92.

Her death comes just two days after the family made a public statement that she would forego any further medical treatment and live out her days in the comfort of her River Oaks estate.

Barbara Bush, who was only the second woman to be the wife of a U.S. president and the mother of another, had a likability that transcended generations and crossed party lines. She was a quick-witted mother and grandmother, an advocate for literacy and the solid oak foundation for a family deep-rooted in American politics and history.

She was born Barbara Pierce in Manhattan, New York, and grew up in the New York City suburb of Rye. While on Christmas vacation with her family when she was 16, she went to a dance, where she met a young guy named George H.W. Bush, who was a student at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.

Bush courted Barbara for about a year and a half before they got engaged. But those plans got put on hold while he went to fight in World War II as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot. He named his three planes Barbara, Barbara II and Barbara III.

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