Former first lady Barbara Bush, 1925-2018

WASHINGTON — Former first lady Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and mother of former President George W. Bush, has died at 92 years old.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. She married George H.W. Bush on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.

Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943.  (AP Photo)
Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky) (AP/Ed Kolenovsky)
Nancy Reagan, left and Barbara Bush, right, wives of the GOP nominees for President and Vice President, plead to a crowd lining a balcony for their votes in this November’s general election on Sept. 15, 1980 in Baltimore, Md.     The wives toured the Baltimore Inner Harbor while campaigning for their husbands. (AP Photo/William Smith)
Nancy Reagan, left and Barbara Bush, right, wives of the GOP nominees for President and Vice President, plead to a crowd lining a balcony for their votes in this November’s general election on Sept. 15, 1980 in Baltimore, Md. The wives toured the Baltimore Inner Harbor while campaigning for their husbands. (AP Photo/William Smith) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/William Smith)
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Bob Daugherty)
President-elect George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush, wave to the crowd at a victory celebration rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1988, Houston, Tex. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President-elect George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush, wave to the crowd at a victory celebration rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1988, Houston, Tex. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989.  First lady Barbara Bush holds the bible for her husband.  Former President Reagan is in the background.  (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989. First lady Barbara Bush holds the bible for her husband. Former President Reagan is in the background. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty) (AP/BOB DAUGHERTY)
Former CIA director George Bush and his wife, Barbara, smile and shake hands with supporters as Bush left a Concord hotel ballroom after he spoke with supporters in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1980. Bush, who was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, received 22 percent of the vote, while rival Ronald Reagan received 52 percent. (AP Photo)
Former CIA director George Bush and his wife, Barbara, smile and shake hands with supporters as Bush left a Concord hotel ballroom after he spoke with supporters in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1980. Bush, who was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, received 22 percent of the vote, while rival Ronald Reagan received 52 percent. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Anonymous)
First lady Barbara Bush pokes fun at herself by crossing her eyes for reporters who were visiting the summer White House in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 23, 1989. When asked about her health and recent treatment for Graves's disease, which affects her vision, Mrs. Bush replied, "I want you to see my eye's are just fine." (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
First lady Barbara Bush pokes fun at herself by crossing her eyes for reporters who were visiting the summer White House in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 23, 1989. When asked about her health and recent treatment for Graves’s disease, which affects her vision, Mrs. Bush replied, “I want you to see my eye’s are just fine.” (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach) (AP/Pat Wellenbach)
First lady Barbara Bush, right,  gives incoming first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton a tour of the White House as the Bush's springer spaniel Millie follows, Nov. 19, 1992.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
First lady Barbara Bush, right, gives incoming first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton a tour of the White House as the Bush’s springer spaniel Millie follows, Nov. 19, 1992. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) (AP/RON EDMONDS)
First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Mills) (AP/Doug Mills)
First Lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1992, Houston, Tex. Gramm derided Democratic candidate Bill Clinton's economic program as a "Lemon for America." (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)
First Lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1992, Houston, Tex. Gramm derided Democratic candidate Bill Clinton’s economic program as a “Lemon for America.” (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Marcy Nighswander)
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, right, gives his mother, Barbara Bush , a hug after taking a family photo Thursday, June 10, 1999 in Houston. The Bush family gathered to celebrate former president George Bush and Barbara's birthdays. George Bush will turn 75 Saturday and Barbara turned 74 Tuesday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, right, gives his mother, Barbara Bush , a hug after taking a family photo Thursday, June 10, 1999 in Houston. The Bush family gathered to celebrate former president George Bush and Barbara’s birthdays. George Bush will turn 75 Saturday and Barbara turned 74 Tuesday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (AP/DAVID J. PHILLIP)
Former first lady Barbara Bush makes a point as she campaigns for her son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.,Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002. Bush is facing Democrat Bill McBride in the general election on Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
Former first lady Barbara Bush makes a point as she campaigns for her son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.,Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002. Bush is facing Democrat Bill McBride in the general election on Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/MARTA LAVANDIER)
President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former first lady Barbara Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former first lady Barbara Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (AP/Charles Dharapak)
Barbara Bush, center, jokes with her son, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while introducing him at a town hall meeting at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, N.H., Thursday Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Barbara Bush, center, jokes with her son, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while introducing him at a town hall meeting at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, N.H., Thursday Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Barbara Pierce, the future Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943.  (AP Photo)
George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964 as his wife Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news. Bush was leading his opponent Jack Cox in the run-off primary. Bush will face Sen. Ralph Yarborough (D-Tex) in the November general election if his lead holds and he is the winner. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)
Nancy Reagan, left and Barbara Bush, right, wives of the GOP nominees for President and Vice President, plead to a crowd lining a balcony for their votes in this November’s general election on Sept. 15, 1980 in Baltimore, Md.     The wives toured the Baltimore Inner Harbor while campaigning for their husbands. (AP Photo/William Smith)
President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, right, share a moment with Vice President and Mrs. George Bush following the oaths in the Capitol Building in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 1985. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
President-elect George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara Bush, wave to the crowd at a victory celebration rally, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1988, Houston, Tex. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989.  First lady Barbara Bush holds the bible for her husband.  Former President Reagan is in the background.  (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
Former CIA director George Bush and his wife, Barbara, smile and shake hands with supporters as Bush left a Concord hotel ballroom after he spoke with supporters in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1980. Bush, who was seeking the Republican presidential nomination, received 22 percent of the vote, while rival Ronald Reagan received 52 percent. (AP Photo)
First lady Barbara Bush pokes fun at herself by crossing her eyes for reporters who were visiting the summer White House in Kennebunkport, Maine, August 23, 1989. When asked about her health and recent treatment for Graves's disease, which affects her vision, Mrs. Bush replied, "I want you to see my eye's are just fine." (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
First lady Barbara Bush, right,  gives incoming first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton a tour of the White House as the Bush's springer spaniel Millie follows, Nov. 19, 1992.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
First Lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
First Lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1992, Houston, Tex. Gramm derided Democratic candidate Bill Clinton's economic program as a "Lemon for America." (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)
Texas Gov. George W. Bush, right, gives his mother, Barbara Bush , a hug after taking a family photo Thursday, June 10, 1999 in Houston. The Bush family gathered to celebrate former president George Bush and Barbara's birthdays. George Bush will turn 75 Saturday and Barbara turned 74 Tuesday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Former first lady Barbara Bush makes a point as she campaigns for her son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.,Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002. Bush is facing Democrat Bill McBride in the general election on Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
President Barack Obama shares a laugh with former first lady Barbara Bush at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Barbara Bush, center, jokes with her son, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while introducing him at a town hall meeting at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, N.H., Thursday Feb. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


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