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On the Eve of Her Death, Barbara Bush Sipped Bourbon - Page 2

Heartbroken family pays tribute to matriarch
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2018 4:03 AM CDT
Updated Apr 18, 2018 6:26 AM CDT

  • "Heartbroken." Jean Becker, George HW Bush's chief of staff, says the former president is "heartbroken" at the death of his wife of 73 years, CBS reports. "He held her hand all day today and was by her side when she left this good earth," Becker said in a statement. "But it will not surprise all of you who know and love him, that he is also being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family."
  • Family tributes. As dignitaries mourned Bush, some of the most moving tributes came from a family that includes her husband, brother, five children, 17 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, the New York Times reports. "My grandmother's entire life was focused on others," tweeted George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush. "For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving, and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all."
  • "Levity, love, and literacy." George W. Bush praised his mother as somebody who brought "levity, love, and literacy" to millions. He said she "kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end" and added: "I'm a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly," the BBC reports.

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