Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, Laid to Rest

Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, Laid to Rest

Allyson Parks

eSomethin Staff

Graduation Photo of Barbara Bush. Photo from The Washington Post.

Former First Lady, Barbara Bush, passed away Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at the age of 92.

She was known as ‘everybody’s grandmother’.

On Saturday, April 21st, 2018, her husband, former president George H. W. Bush, and her son, former president George W. Bush and her other children, Jeb, Niel, Dorothy, and Marvin were joined by First Lady Melania Trump. Former presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and former first ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton also attended as Barbara Bush was laid to rest.

“The last time I was with her  I asked her about dying. Was she ready to go? Was she sad? Without a beat, she said, ‘Jeb, I believe in Jesus & he is my savior. I don’t want to leave your dad, but I know I will be in a beautiful place” said Jeb Bush as he spoke at her funeral.

Cover of the funeral order of service. Photo by Emily Foxhall

“The United States Secret Service code name for Barbara Bush was ‘Tranquility.’ It exemplified her demeanor and its calming, humanizing and gentle effect on those around her. She will be forever missed” wrote CNN’s Jonathan Wackrow. Mrs. Bush was an astonishing woman. Barbara Bush herself is the definition of tranquility.

The day after Mrs. Bush’s passing, a newspaper cartoon by Marshall Ramsey was published. It shows Barbara Bush and Robin Bush, her daughter who passed at the age of three from Leukemia, reuniting in Heaven. Mrs. Bush’s granddaughter, Jenna Bush Hager, posted the cartoon to her Facebook page with the caption, “Someone sent this to me-I don’t know the artist but I love her. Miss you Gans.” Abc7 Chicago noted in an article “The cartoonist said he’s thrilled that his work is being well received online, even helping the family – and the world – mourn.”

As America mourns its loss of former first lady, Barbara Bush, we are reminded of the great memories and stories of her life. May she rest in peace.

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