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Barbara Bush's Will Leaves All to George but Contains Instructions for After He Dies

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“She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well,” The White House wrote.

“The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mrs. Bush.”

That announcement joined many others on and after April 17, when former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away.

She and her husband had experienced multiple medical issues in their later years, but in her last round with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart problems, she decided it was time.

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Opting to discontinue treatment, she had her affairs put in order and passed away at the age of 92.

Many wondered what her will would look like, especially given the failing health of her husband George Herbert Walker Bush.

At 94, he’s been in and out of the hospital recently. Along with contracting a blood infection shortly after his wife’s passing, the former President has been struggling with fatigue and blood pressure issues.

Losing a loved one can certainly take a toll on your health no matter how fit you are, and George H.W. Bush has had his fair share of medical problems.

In her will, Barbara Bush outlined a clear chain of command. Her husband is in charge of her estate, but should he become unable to continue in that position, it will fall to their children.

George W. Bush and Jeb Bush are second in line, and have been charged with picking up the baton after their father.

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If they are unable to carry out their duties, then the task falls to Dorothy, Marvin, and Neil, the Bush’s other three children.

In the meantime, though, George H.W. is in charge. He holds his wife and her work in high esteem, and made sure to celebrate her birthday this year, even though it was without her present.

“She loved helping others and did so with a joyful heart,” he said. “Knowing there are so many out there who share her passion puts joy in our hearts.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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