Washington: Barbara Bush, former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died aged 92. A statement from the office of her husband, former president George HW Bush, described her as a “relentless proponent of family literacy”.
Mrs Bush, the only woman to have seen her husband and son sworn in as US president, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment.
She said she wanted to spend her last days in “comfort care” with her family. Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president.
Their son, George W Bush, was elected president in 2000 and served two terms as the nation’s 43rd president.
He said in a statement: “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. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.”