Former President George H. W. Bush has released a statement through his office, announcing the passing of his wife, Barbara.
The statement reads: "A former First Lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesdasy, 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 Robinson "Robin" Bush, and her siblings Martha Rafferty and James R. Pierce.
The official funeral schedule will be announced as soon as is practical."
On Sunday, the former president's office had given an update on Mrs. Bush's declining health, saying that she had made the decision to forego any further medical care and focus on comfort.
The former first lady spent her last days surrounded by family after suffering for years from COPD and congestive heart failure. According to her granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara had been in great spirits and reportedly even enjoyed a glass of bourbon on Monday night while visiting with loved ones.
Barbara Pierce Bush was known for her kindness, quickness, and candidness. She served as second lady of the United States from 1981-1989 during the Reagan Administration, and first lady from 1989 to 1993. She lived from June 8, 1925 to April 17, 2018.
Her husband, famous for his handwritten letters, once wrote to her: "You have given me joy that few men know. I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara's husband."
In 2013, Barbara told C-SPAN that she didn't fear death: "I know there is a great God, and I'm not worried."