Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush has died
at the age of 92. The wife and mother of two U.S. presidents
had been ill for some time. Park Se-young has more. The immediate cause of Barbara Bush’s death
was not revealed, but she had reportedly been suffering from congestive heart failure and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, …which had worsened in recent days. The Bush family released a statement saying
she had refused to receive further medical treatment …following a recent series of
hospitalizations. She instead chose to spend her last days in
so-called “comfort care” with her family. According to her personal website, her funeral
will be invitation only, …but the public is welcome to pay their respects on Friday
at St. Martin’s Church in Houston. Mrs. Bush was one of two women in American
history after Abigail Adams to have had a husband and a son elected President. She and her husband, George H.W. Bush, were
also married 73 years, …which is longer than any other presidential couple in U.S.
history. Through a statement, her son and 43rd U.S.
President, George W. Bush, described her as a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any
other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. Mrs. Bush was well known for her plainspoken
manner and signature white hair and pearl necklaces and earrings. She was a potent defender of her husband and
son while they were in office. She also set up the Barbara Bush Foundation
to fight illiteracy. Park Se-young, Arirang News.