Their son, George W. Bush, on the other hand had two terms as president, winning re-election in 2004 after a campaign stoking fears about same-sex marriage and in support of a US constitutional amendment that would have banned it nationwide.
Tributes rolled in from around the world, heralding the former first lady as a warm woman of strength devoted to not only her family, but to child and adult literacy programs.
Barbara Bush reads a book to kindergarten students in 1997 at the former Liberty City Charter School founded by her son Jeb and T. Willard Fair. At age 92, the Bush matriarch declined medical treatment for her declining health and ultimately passed on Tuesday, April 18. Bush's advocacy changed the conversation about the issue.
HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his mother, Barbara Bush, didn't fear death because she believed in an afterlife and that she would be "wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God".
"Mrs. Barbara Bush was one-of-a-kind".
Bush strove to avoid controversy. Bush wrote in 1988, according to The New York Times. Students at the women's college protested, demanding a speaker whose achievements were independent from her husband's. I know how much he adored her.
The first lady weathered the storm and, in the end, delivered a speech that would become famous. "And she said, 'because I drank and smoked when I was pregnant with him'".
"It's not really a job".
The library, which opened in November 1997 and recently celebrated its 3 millionth visitor, was a favorite place for the Bush family, said David Anaya, the facility's communications director.
Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, remembered Bush as a "woman of incredible determination, wit and compassion who embodied America's best values". "Her dedicated service to the American people was matched only by her compassion and love of family". She was surrounded by the love and kindness of others. "You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent".
Here's yet another Florida connection to the former First Lady.
"She was my first teacher". We will miss her greatly. All I had to do was keep a pool of children under control, but even then I needed her help.
"They were having a lively discussion about how you get to heaven and George W. was explaining to his mother that only born-again people are going to get to heaven".
The couple's relationship is a true love story, which granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager described Monday as "remarkable". Their daughter Robin died of leukemia at age three.
Not two months before Bush's visit to an AIDS hospice in Washington, her husband, President George H.W. Bush, was inaugurated to succeed Ronald Reagan. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.