A family spokesman recently announced that Bush, who had battled ailments including congestive heart failure, had opted to cease medical intervention in favor of care focused on keeping her comfortable. She passed away "surrounded by a family she adores," the office of former President Bush 41 said.
Former President Jimmy Carter is among the many prominent voices offering messages of solace at the news of Bush’s passing.
Biography of Barbara Pierce Bush
"She touched the hearts of millions with her warmth, generosity, and keen wit. The matriarch of a family dedicated to serving, she urged volunteerism as a way for all citizens to participate in our nation's progress," a statement on behalf of President and Mrs. Carter said. "Through her own work to promote literacy as a value in every American home, countless families now have the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives. She will be missed."