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On the Eve of Her Death, Barbara Bush Sipped Bourbon - Page 3

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

  • A life to remember. The AP looks at things to remember about Bush's life, including her efforts to promote literacy among parents and children. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, started during her White House years, has donated more than $40 million to more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.
  • The hardest death. The Washington Post reports that Bush, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said she had no fear of death—possibly because she had already faced the heartbreaking death of 3-year-old daughter Robin from leukemia in 1953. During the months Robin suffered with the disease, her 28-year-old mother's hair began to turn white. Bush, whose funeral will be in Houston on Saturday, will be laid to rest where Robin is buried, in a plot on the grounds of her husband's presidential library in College Station, Texas.
  • "Lifelong compassion." The death of her daughter left George and Barbara Bush with "lifelong compassion," according to her official White House biography, which notes that they met at a dance when Barbara was just 16.

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