HOUSTON, TX — The United States, and Texas in particular, is in mourning over the loss of former First Lady and champion of literacy, Barbara Bush, who has died at the age of 92.
Bush died at her Houston home on Tuesday, just two days after a family spokesman said she was refusing all further medical treatment.
Earlier on Tuesday, the family revealed that she was alert and having conversations — and a little bit of bourbon on Monday night.
Her husband of 73 years, Former President George H.W. Bush was by her side, and held her hand until the end.
Barbara’s contributions to the people of City of Houston span decades.
In December of 2016, the Mayor of Houston announced the dedication of the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza in downtown Houston.
“This exceptional home-town hero, or should I say she-ro, has not sought out public notoriety, however she deserves a public space to honor her achievements not only to this city, this state and this country,” said Houston Mayor Turner.
“We lost an icon, she was an extraordinary woman with a big heart and a great humanitarian as well. She is truly one of the best first ladies the country has ever had,” said Catherine Noche.
Barbara Pierce Bush, was the matriarch of an American political family dynasty that has produced presidents, governors and other high ranking officials.
She was the second American ever who was both the wife, and mother of US presidents.
As a champion for literacy, several schools, libraries, hospitals and parks all across the country, carry her name.
Fil-Ams in Houston expressed their respect and admiration for whom many claim was the ultimate model of a first lady.
After a public viewing on Friday in Houston, with a private funeral service to be held on Saturday.
Mrs. Bush will then be transported to College Station for a private burial ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.