LULAC Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, April 17th former first lady Barbara Bush, 92, passed as her husband George H. W. Bush sat by her side holding her hand. She had a lengthy battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

“First Lady Barbara Bush lived a remarkable life full of courage and class,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha, Jr. “She had an unwavering love for both her family and her country. Her legacy will live on through her family, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, and the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. We send our deepest condolences and prayers to the Bush family.”

“Barbara Bush leaves a lasting legacy as a remarkable first lady and devoted champion for the American people,” said former LULAC President Belen Robles. “The tremendous impact she’s made through public service on issues, such as poverty and homelessness, will live on for many generations to come. She will be greatly missed.”

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the Bush family,” said Former LULAC Presidents Oscar Moran and Margaret Moran. “Mrs. Bush exemplified strength, courage, and conviction and made a positive impact on millions of families. She will be remembered as an advocate for lifelong learning and a devoted public servant.”

“And I don’t have a fear of death for my precious George or for myself because I know that there is a great God,” First Lady Barbara Bush.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, President George H. W. Bush; five children and their spouses; 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and her brother, Scott Pierce.


The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with over 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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