Former first lady Barbara Bush passed away today, April 17, at the age of 92.
Bush served as first lady from 1989 to 1993 alongside her husband and 41st President George H.W. Bush. Barbara was mother to George W. Bush, the 43rd President, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida.
"Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions," George W. Bush said in a statement. "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."
The news of her passing has made its way to those in the country music community, many of which had close relationships with the Bush family. Barbara's son, George H.W. Bush, is known as a lover of traditional country music, while George H. Bush is still the first and only president to appear at the CMA Awards.
Read on to see the messages country stars are sharing in the wake of Barbara Bush's death.
This nation owes this woman a huge debt for her wisdom, guidance, and love. Rest In peace my friend. What an incredible & inspiring life you lived Barbara Bush. Thank you for your friendship and so many memories. #alifewelllived pic.twitter.com/qlDiYKcttt
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 18, 2018
Sad to hear about the passing of Barbara Bush. She was always a classy lady and commanded the utmost respect. My prayers are with the entire Bush family🙏🏼
— Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) April 18, 2018
For most of my career, I haven’t been diligent in archiving photos of me w/ notable folks.
Today, I regret the fact.
Somewhere, there exist photos of Barbara Bush & me deep in conversation and laughter during a marvelous evening in early 90’s.
She always inspired me. Godspeed. https://t.co/DE90l7vYwK
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) April 18, 2018
A classy lady died today.
Barbara Bush rest in peace.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 17, 2018
RIP, Barbara Bush. Your wit and grace will not be forgotten. https://t.co/GlsyOYyB3B
— Duane Patterson (@Radioblogger) April 17, 2018
We lost a piece of AMERICAN Royalty. Barbara Bush was a straight shooter and woman of faith. I will miss her sincere laugh and piercing stare...may God bring His blessed peace on the Bush family in this time...
— Clay Walker (@ClayWalker) April 18, 2018
I seriously hate that I didn’t follow more of First Lady Barbara Bush’s story thru the years. Looking back, she was truly beautiful and amazing. Her heart and humor 😫 pic.twitter.com/hRhqLWmD5A
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) April 18, 2018