President George HW Bush held wife Barbara Bush's hand to the end

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Bush died Tuesday at age 92.

The governors of IN and MI have directed flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former first lady Barbara Bush.

"It's true, sometimes we laugh through our tears, but that shared laughter has been one of our strongest bonds". Bush told graduates. "At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal".

Madeleine Albright, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, remembered Bush as a "woman of incredible determination, wit and compassion who embodied America's best values".

She and George H.W. Bush made presidential history in another way, too.

While the late Barbara Bush was known for many things, including her community outreach and literacy efforts, that three-strand necklace of faux pearls became one of her trademarks.

Yahoo points out that in 2005, Bush was criticized when she said that evacuated survivors of Hurricane would be able to handle the situation because they were "underprivileged anyway".

"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself - thanks to her abiding faith - but for others". She used her platform as first lady to combat illiteracy. Former first lady of the United States, Abigail Adams (wife of John Adams), was the first.

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Queen Elizabeth II and British Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch have sent messages of condolences to the Bush family. Everyone relied on her-and she knew it.

Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter called Mrs.

The White House also issued a national flag order, and the full presidential proclamation is available here.

Upon her return home, Barbara Bush received an outpouring of support. She had grit and grace, brains and beauty.

The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd brought a plainspoken, grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, displaying an utter lack of vanity about her white hair and wrinkles. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like. She urged graduates to choose their own path - and not to let others define it for them, evoking the spirit of tolerance to counter those who protested that she was a poor choice for a speaker. Always a role model.

The flag at the Bush Grove stood at half-staff in her memory.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, will attend as well, according to a source close to the family.

While there are certainly those individuals who will continue on with a like mind against the life and death of Barbara Bush, there are some who stand up for her legacy. We had further correspondence after that first letter, and she was a most down-to-earth person. Mrs.