One of America’s favorite first ladies passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday night.
Barbara Bush was the second woman in history to be the wife of one president and the mother of another, becoming an icon to millions. She was mostly known for her humor and her push for literacy.
The George Bush Presidential Library set up an exhibit in her honor where the public could give their condolences to the Bush family.
Barbara Bush meant so much to everyone in College Station, and she would always read to the children at elementary schools.
“She’s the nicest, most genuine person that you would have ever met,” says Experience Bryan/College Station President Kindra Fry.
Fry once met Barbara and says there is no one like her.
“This is a major loss I think for all of us in Bryan/College Station, but also the world, really. Because of the genuine person she was and everything she brought to our world,” Fry says.
One of her biggest accomplishments is finding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
“She was a very big proponent of reading and all of those things. She would come and visit with students young and old here at the college – but also in our elementary schools, talk a lot about reading and read with them things like that,” Fry explains.
Warren Finch is the Director of the George Bush Presidential Library, and says he is sad she’s gone, but reminds us all to celebrate her life.
“She had an amazing….amazing life,” Finch says. “She was a wonderful lady. She is married to a man she loved and adored for 72 years. Reports of her health went out that her health was beginning to decline. We have had visitors, an extraordinary number of visitors come all weekend,” Finch says.
The exhibit will be on display all weekend long, and is free to the public.
Californian Mary Mazboudi came by the exhibit to give her respects.
“She was a very powerful influence on her family, and they were saying that if it wasn’t her, probably her husband and her children wouldn’t have gotten into politics and gotten to be president,” Mazboudi says.
Barbara Bush once said, “I know that I’m the world’s luckiest woman. I think if I sort of put it in a nutshell, these are the things that are important to me: faith, family and friends.
Her memorial will be in Houston on Saturday, and then later in the afternoon a private ceremony will take place where she will be buried at the library next to her daughter Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of four.