The world lost a great woman the other day as former First Lady Barbara Bush passed away at age 92.

Mrs. Bush was survived by her children, grandchildren, and of course, her husband, former President George HW Bush.

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Bush multiple times and always found her to be incredibly classy and engaging. I will always remember our encounters fondly.

And I will always admire what an incredible woman she was.

Barbara Bush and George HW Bush — from everything I witnessed myself and heard second hand — had an incredible marriage. Even into their 90‘s and after multiple decades of marriage they still loved each other as much as they always did and were inseparable.

Mrs. Bush was a great partner to her husband but also an amazing mother according to her children.

Former President George W Bush — one of her sons — described his relationship with his mother as equal parts love, respect, and fear, which is exactly what most parents should aspire to.

Said the former president on his Instagram page:

“My dear mother has passed on at age 92. 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.”

Many who knew her raved about Mrs. Bush’s passion for literacy. It hurt her deeply to see there were people who could not read and she spent much of her time doing whatever she could to help as many people learn to read as possible.

She ran a tight ship as a mother, did everything she could to help others through charity, and lived a life full of love and joy. The world is surely worse off today without her presence.

Goodbye, Mrs. Bush. I am glad I got to know you, and I am sad for all those who never did. May you rest in peace and may your legacy live on forever.

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