Heartbroken George H. W. Bush Held His Dying Wife's Hand All Day Before She Passed Away
April 19, 2018 12:38 By Fabiosa
She was his rock, his biggest supporter, always standing by his side throughout his life, and George H.W. Bush was there beside his beloved until the last moment.
The 93-year-old former US president is utterly “broken-hearted” over the loss of his wife, Barbara Bush. Jean Becker, Bush’s chief of staff, released a statement on Tuesday after Barbara’s death:
He, of course, is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day today and was at her side when [she] left this good earth.”
The couple’s relationship is a love story you’d see in a movie. Their love and devotion to each other are inspiring, touching the very deep corners of our hearts.
According to letters published in 1999, George H. W. Bush wrote to Barbara:
You have given me joy that few men know. I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara’s husband.
Their lifelong love sparked when the two met at Christmas party. She was 16. He was 17.
After 18 months of romance, George went down on one knee, just before he took off to World War II as a Navy pilot. He named three of his planes for his wife-to-be: Barbara, Barbara II, and Barbara III.
The couple raised six children together, including the former US president George W. Bush.
In her 1994 memoir, Barbara wrote:
George Bush and I have been the two luckiest people in the world, and when all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.
Up until her very last days, every night George had been going to sleep with four words on his lips:
I love you, Barbie.
The beloved Bush family matriarch will always be remembered by those whose lives she graced with her presence.