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In Memory of First Lady Barbara Bush (Video)

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Official portrait of Barbara Pierce Bush, taken in the residence of the White House, 1989. Photo Credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (PRNewsfoto/Barbara Bush Foundation for Fam)
Barbara and President George H.W. Bush at their home in Kennebunkport, Maine, June 8, 2015
Photo Credit: Eric Draper & the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy mourns the passing and celebrates the legacy of its founder. Barbara Pierce Bush—a beloved first lady, proud mother of six children, accomplished author and passionate champion for family literacy—passed away on April 17, 2018.

Mrs. Bush believed that every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to secure a better life through literacy. In 1989, this belief inspired her to establish the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which has provided educational opportunities for Americans of all ages, in all 50 states, over the past 29 years.

Jean Becker, member of the Foundation’s board of directors and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, shared, “Mrs. Bush was a mother first and foremost, and as such believed that the most wonderful gift she could give her children—and families across America—was a love of reading and learning.”

Barbara Bush reads to children in the White House Library, July 24, 1990
Photo Credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Today, the Foundation remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, providing innovative programs and strategies aimed to expand access to education for all Americans. Doro Bush Koch, daughter of President George H.W. and Barbara Bush, carries on her mother’s legacy as honorary chair of the Foundation.

“My favorite quote from Mrs. Bush is, ‘Believe in something larger than yourself…get involved in the big ideas of your time,'” said Chris Frangione, interim CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. “She believed in the power of literacy to strengthen families and our nation, now and for generations to come. Her passion for big ideas will live on through the Foundation, continuing to inspire us as we work toward literacy for all.”

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Bush requested that those wishing to honor her memory do so through contributions to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Visit www.barbarabushlegacy.org to make a memorial gift, share a tribute honoring Mrs. Bush’s memory, or learn more about her incredible life and legacy.

The White House Historical Association joins the nation in its remembrance of First Lady Barbara Bush and the warmth, care for others, love of country, and humor she brought to her roles as Second and First Lady of the United States.

Beginning, APRIL 18, 2018 at 9:00AM, an official condolence book for First Lady Barbara Bush will be available for the public to sign at the White House Visitor Center, located at 1450 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20230. The Center is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

“Mrs. Bush played an especially important role in the White House in that she reactivated the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and helped establish the White House Endowment Trust,” said Stewart D. McLaurin, President of The White House Historical Association. “Thanks in part to her leadership, the Endowment Trust continues to provide financial assistance for refurbishing and conservation work in the State Rooms of the White House and with the White House collections.”


SOURCE Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

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