After a battle with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, former first lady Barbara Bush succumbed to her quickly failing health. The family now find themselves experiencing a wave of emotions.
As the mother of six children and a beloved first lady, Barbara was known for her dedication to literacy, for championing for HIV-positive children, and above all else, treating others with kindness. Her son and former president George W. Bush told the media after her passing that his mother remained “pretty funny to the end.”
In fact, she jokingly informed her nurse that George turned out the way he did because she “drank and smoked” when she was pregnant with him. Granddaughter Jenna who is a twin to Barbara’s namesake, penned a poignant letter to her “ganny” after her passing.
She wrote, “When we lost you, we lost one of the greats. You’re this family’s rock, the glue that held us together.” Jenna testified that complete strangers shared with her how they had prayed for Barbara in her final days.
Others would approach her in public telling her how much they loved her grandmother. It meant the world to Jenna and her family.
“We didn’t mind sharing you with the world.”
Jenna said she and her husband asked Ganny to read at their wedding in the hope of emulating their love story. She vowed to pass Barbara and George’s beautiful love letters down to her own daughters in the hopes of teaching them about true love.
Jenna reflected upon summers spent with family at Kennebunk, sneaking soap into the hot tub so the cousins could have a big bubble bath. From her signature pearls and snow-white hair, from the very last heartfelt message Barbara sent Jenna, the video below captures just how much they truly loved their matriarch.
Hear Jenna’s heartwarming words written for her Ganny in the video below. It’s a glimpse into Barbara Bush’s life that you may never have heard about before.