The passing of one of America’s most beloved First Ladies came at a shock since it happened less than 24 hours after word of her declining health got out. Barbara Bush was a soft-spoken, kind woman dedicated to her husband, family, and encouraging literacy in our country. She exuded “old school” charm and class as a wife, mother, and public figure.
The genuine love between George and Barabara was palpable and obvious to others with their sweet affection for each other, even in their frail state when they were seen in public. They were best friends until the end and as such, George just crossed the final item off the list just hours after his wife left this world and went to heaven.
George is in ill health himself and some believe that it’s not long before he goes to be with his wife in heaven. However, he doesn’t want anyone to worry about him or his family in this hard time after Barbara has passed. He’s crossed fear off his list and is telling American what they can cross off too.
People Magazine reports:
George H.W. Bush wants the American public to “cross the Bushes off your worry list” in the wake of his beloved wife Barbara’s death at 92 on Tuesday.
In his first public statement since Mrs. Bush’s passing, the former president said through his spokesman, Jim McGrath, on Wednesday: “I always knew Barbara was the most beloved woman in the world, and in fact I used to tease her that I had a complex about that fact.
“But the truth is the outpouring of love and friendship being directed at The Enforcer is lifting us all up,” Bush, 93, continued. “We have faith she is heaven, and we know life will go on — as she would have it. So cross the Bushes off your worry list.”
The Bushes have never been shy about their Christian faith. Barbara had even shared in a 2013 interview with C-Span that she’s not afraid of death because of her faith in Jesus Christ and the promise of an afterlife. With this admission, we can all be reassured that she’s happy in paradise, as her husband is comforted in knowing as well.
“I have no fear of death, which is a huge comfort because we’re getting darn close,” Barbara Bush said at the time, who went on to live for five more years after this admission. “I don’t have a fear of death for my precious George, or for myself, because I know that there is a great God, and I’m not worried.”
People Magazine continues
The formidable former first lady — nicknamed “The Enforcer” by her family — died Tuesday at her home in Texas.
The Office of George H. W. Bush first confirmed her passing in a formal statement on Tuesday saying: “A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the age of 92.
“She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and her brother Scott Pierce. She was preceded in death by her second child, Pauline “Robin” Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce.”
Her son, former President George W. Bush, also released a statement paying tribute to the strong woman who raised him.
“My dear mother has passed on at age 92,” he said in a statement. “Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was.”
“Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”
Even in death, this incredible woman is teaching her fellow Americans a valuable lesson, that faith is freeing from the fear of death. There’s so much more to enjoy beyond this world in a perfect place that is free from pain and sorrow.