The Bushes had celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January, making them the longest-married couple in presidential history. Mrs. Bush was only the second woman in American history to have a son of hers follow his father to the White House. Another son, Jeb, the governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
She was a speaker in at least four national campaigns: in 1980, when Mr. Bush was chosen to be Ronald Reagan’s running mate; in 1984, when the two ran for re-election; in 1988, when Mr. Bush campaigned for president; and in 1992, when he sought re-election. Funeral services for Barbara Bush are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which she and former President George H.W. Bush regularly attended. Burial will be on the grounds of the Bush library at Texas A&M University in College Station. The funeral service Saturday is by invitation only. President Donald Trump ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of former first lady Barbara Bush.