Barbara Bush Through the Years

Former first lady Barbara Bush, the wife and mother of American presidents, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She was 92.

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Mrs. Barbara Bush, wife of the man nominated to head the central Intelligence Agency looks up from her needlepoint as her husband prepares to begin his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday, Dec. 16, 1975 in Washington. Bush, currently the official U.S. representative to the People?s Republic of China, appeared before the panel which is considering his nomination to the intelligence post. (AP Photo/CWH)
Barbara Pierce, the future first lady Barbara Bush, is shown in her graduation photo from Ashley Hall, a finishing school in Charleston, S.C., in 1943.
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Navy Lieutenant George Bush and Barbara Pierce marry in the First Prsbyterian Church in Rye, New York, on Jan. 6, 1945. The Bushes will come to be known for their longstanding career in politics, along with their sons George W. Bush and Jeb Bush.
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Barbara Bush, left, poses with her husband George H. W. Bush and his brother Bucky in this file photo from the 1940s.
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Former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush pose for a portrait as seen in this 1945 file photo. The wife and mother of two American presidents, Bush (nee Pierce) was known for her work championing higher literacy rates for Americans as the honorary chairperson of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
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Barbara Bush, right, takes her husband George Herbert Walker Bush and their children Pauline and George Bush Jr. for a horse ride in the yard of their Midlands, Texas ranch in this photo from the 50's.
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The Bush family gathers together for a 1959 family portrait. Clockwise, from top-left: George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Barbara Bush, Marvin Bush, Dorothy Bush, George H. W. Bush and Neil Bush.
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George Bush, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, gets returns by phone at his headquarters in Houston, Saturday, June 6, 1964, as his wife, Barbara, beams her pleasure at the news.
Barbara Bush walking on New York's Park Avenue, April 13, 1971.
Barbara Bush looks up from her needlepoint as her husband prepares to begin testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday, Dec. 16, 1975, in Washington. George Bush had been nominated to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
Former CIA director George Bush and his wife, Barbara, smile and shake hands with supporters as Bush left a Concord, New Hampshire, hotel ballroom after he spoke with supporters in Concord on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1980.
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From left: Incoming Vice-President George H. W. Bush, incoming second lady Barbara Bush, incoming President Ronald Reagan and incoming first lady Nancy Reagan present themselves for their inauguration at the Capitol Rotunda for their second terms in office on Jan. 21, 1985.
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First lady Barbara Bush reads a story to children at Martha's Table Day Care Center, a nonprofit center which also feeds the homeless, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1989, in Washington. Teaching children to read is one of Mrs. Bush's projects.
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First lady Barbara Bush holds the Bible for her husband as President George Bush is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989.
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U.S. President George Bush and Barbara Bush attend one of the inaugural balls, Friday, Jan. 21, 1989, at the D.C Armory in Washington.
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First lady Barbara Bush, center, has a doctoral hood placed over her shoulders during Northeastern University's spring commencement, Saturday, June 15, 1991, Boston, Massachusetts.
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From left: former first ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson attend former President Ronald Reagan's library dedication on Nov. 4, 1991, in Simi Valley, California.
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Barbara and George Bush exchange gifts with Pope John Paul II in a private meeting, before the U.S. president meets with other churchmen in the Vatican on Nov. 8, 1991.
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First lady Barbara Bush reacts to Sen. Phil Gramm, who delivered the keynote address to the Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome, Aug. 18, 1992, Houston, Tex.
First lady Barbara Bush is pictured campaigning for her husband, 1992, location unknown.
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Former president George Bush, left, gives a thumbs-up as he walks with his wife, Barbara, after he parachuted from 12,500 feet in the air with the U.S. Army precision jump team Golden Knights on March 25, 1997, at the United States Army Yuma Proving Ground with the U.S. Army Golden Knights. Bush parachuted once before when his fighter plane was shot down in World War II, and has gone on many more skydiving trips for milestone birthdays and events since then.
In this undated photo, Barbara Bush, the forthcoming first lady of the United States, seen with her dog Millie at the beach in Florida.
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President George W. Bush, second right, and first lady Laura Bush, right, leave Saint John's Church in Washington, Sunday, Jan 27, 2002, with former President George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush after attending Sunday service.
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Barbara Bush reacts next to her husband, George H. W. Bush, as Andy Roddick play Rainer Schuettler of Germany during the Tennis Masters Cup on Nov. 13, 2003, at the Westside Tennis Club in Houston, Texas.
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Dorothy Bush, George H. W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Marvin Bush, George W. Bush, Neil Bush and Barbara Bush gather for a family campaign photo in 1966.
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Former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, pay their respects to former president Ronald Reagan in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda June 10, 2004, in Washington, D.C. Reagan was buried at the National Cathederal June 11 in Washington.
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Former President George H. W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush, former president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush pose for a portrait with members of their extended family in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005.
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Former first ladies Barbara Bush, left, and Laura Bush, take part in the Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies conference Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Austin, Texas.
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From left: former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and President Barak Obama, as well as former first ladies Rosalyn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama, pose at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
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Former first lady Barbara Bush walks out of the Daily Point of Light Award hosted by former president Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, July 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch as former first lady Barbara Bush gives the thumbs up to guests during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.
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Former first lady Barbara Bush greets her husband and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush with a kiss after his successful skydive down to St. Anne's Episcopal Church on June 12, 2014, in Kennebunkport, Maine. The President celebrated his 90th birthday the same way he celebrated his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays - with a skydiving session.
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Barbara Bush, center, jokes with her son, Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while introducing him at a town hall meeting at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, N.H., Thursday Feb. 4, 2016.
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Former president George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are introduced at the start of Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston, Texas.
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