The world lost a powerful, loyal, and admirable woman when Barbara Bush passed away on April 17, 2018 at the age of 92. The wife of one United States president and the mother of another, Barbara Bush was certainly a force to be reckoned with — and her inspiring quotes throughout her life prove it.
A family woman until the very end, Barbara Bush passed away at her home in Houston, surrounded by her beloved husband and other family members, after choosing to forgo further medical treatment for her ailing health. After a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Barbara Bush had decided that she would be "surrounded by a family she adores" in comfort care, according to an earlier statement released by the office of her husband, former President George H.W. Bush.
Other than her fierce dedication to her family, Barbara Bush was also known for using her public platform for good — she was a strong proponent of fighting illiteracy in America and began the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy after becoming the first lady. She was also heavily involved with charities and volunteering — especially in nursing homes and hospitals — and was ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it most. And of course, Barbara Bush was also famous for her frank demeanor and for being open and honest. When she had something on her mind, she wasn't afraid to say it — and these Barbara Bush quotes show just how powerful speaking her mind could be.