Michigan Gov. Snyder lowers flags to honor former First Lady Barbara Bush


One action Barbara Bush took as she left her role as first lady echoes the sentiments she previously expressed on gay rights.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed away on Tuesday, once had a bit of a brush with TV's Marge Simpson. The other was former First Lady Abigail Adams.

In 1953, soon after George H.W. Bush had moved his family to Midland, Tex., to get into the oil business, the couple's 3-year-old daughter complained about feeling exhausted. During the hour-long, sold out forum the Bush's delivered a strong message about family values in America, and showed great pride in their son George W. Bush, who was the sitting president at the time.

"Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so numerous other problems facing our society", she wrote in her 1994 memoir.

Bush "an exceptional First Lady who symbolized grace and character not only in the political arena, but in her personal life as well".

The former president, who is 93 and has been in ill health in recent years, is "determined to be there" for his family while in mourning, Ms Becker added.

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Barbara Bush's passing was announced by the office of George Bush. In 2013, she attended the same-sex wedding in Kennebunkport, Maine, of her friends Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen. She is survived by five of her children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and her brother, Mr Scott Pierce.

The former president "still says, "I love you Barbie" every night", Hager said on NBC's "Today", where she works.

Bush paid tribute Wednesday to his late mother Barbara for her spirituality - and her comedy.

Audience members, who gave the Bushes several standing ovations during the hourlong event, were delighted with the "down-to-earth" couple, as one Lowell resident described them. Saturday's service will be by invitation only, according to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. "And she was, indeed, a most wonderful person".

She noted that her grandmother adored "Gampy, the first man she ever kissed". Their daughter Robin died of leukemia at age three. Bush was an advocate of the American family. You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children.

"It's a personal decision that she didn't have to share, but hopefully it will encourage others to think about their choices, talk about their choices, document their choices and have those choices honored", said Nathan Kottkamp, founder and chair of National Healthcare Decisions Day.