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Former first lady and wife of former US President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush has died at 92, after long struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

She passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

She was a matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy.

Bush, the second woman in American history to have had a husband and a son elected President (Abigail Adams was the first).

She was seen as a plainspoken public figure who was instantly recognizable with her signature white hair and pearl necklaces and earrings.

She became a major political figure as her husband, George H.W. Bush, rose to become vice president and president. After they left the White House, she was a potent spokeswoman for two of her sons (George W. and Jeb) as they campaigned for office.

Bush is survived by her husband, George H.W.; sons George W., Neil, Marvin and Jeb; daughter, Dorothy Bush Koch; and 17 grandchildren.

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