Former US First Lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as President, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92. Bush was the wife of the 41st President, George HW Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W Bush. A funeral is planned on Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. She was First Lady when her husband was in the White House from 1989 to 1993. Her son, Republican George Walker Bush, triumphed in the disputed 2000 US election and was President from 2001 to 2009.
The Bushes celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January.
In her autobiography, ‘Barbara Bush: A Memoir’, she said she did her best to keep her opinions from public. But she revealed that she disagreed with him on two issues: She supported legal abortion and opposed the sale of assault weapons.
Bush raised five children: George W, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. A sixth child, 3-year-old daughter Robin, died of leukemia in 1953.
The only other woman to be both wife and mother of US Presidents was Abigail Adams, the First Lady from 1797 to 1801. She was a major influence on husband John Adams, the nation’s second President, but died before son John Quincy Adams was elected President in 1824.