NRB members have been encouraging prayers for the Bush family following the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush on Tuesday.
“NRB mourns the passing of Barbara Bush, who epitomized the virtues and attributes of what a First Lady ought to be,” commented Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president & CEO of NRB. “I urge all our members to lift up the Bush family during this time of grieving.”
“Barbara Bush was a woman of deep faith,” noted Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, in a blog post. “Please join me in thanking the Lord for the long and storied life of Barbara Pierce Bush, and also let us pray for her family who grieves her passing.”
After serving as Second Lady from 1981 to 1989, Bush served as First Lady of the United States when her husband won the presidency. During her time in the White House, Bush accompanied her husband to the NRB Convention on at least two of the five occasions at which he spoke, including the 1992 Convention at which Billy Graham was also a speaker.
The Bushes were close friends with Graham, who went to be with the Lord earlier this year.
“My deepest condolences and prayers for President George H.W. Bush and the family as they have lost a dear wife, mother, grandmother, and much more,” Graham's son, Franklin, said on his Facebook page Tuesday.
“Former First Lady Barbara Bush was a class act,” he added. “I know the family would appreciate all of our prayers during this time.”
Bush leaves behind her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush, as well as five children, including former President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and 17 grandchildren.
A funeral will be held for the former First Lady at St. Martin’s Church in Houston, where she and her husband have been devoted members for decades.
In lieu of flowers, Bush requested that those wishing to honor her memory do so through contributions to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Visit www.barbarabushlegacy.org to make a memorial gift, share a tribute honoring the former First Lady’s memory, or learn more about her incredible life and legacy.
By NRB Staff
Published: April 19, 2018