“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.
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.
— Azure Wilson (@AzureWilson1) June 27, 2018
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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