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Barbara Pierce
Barbara Pierce
First Lady

  • Born 8 June 1925 - Rye, Westchester Co., NY
  • Deceased 17 April 2018 - Houston, Harris Co., TX,aged 92 years old
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Rarely has a First Lady been greeted by the American people and the press with the approbation and warmth accorded to Barbara Pierce Bush. Perhaps this is prompted by the image she calls "everybody's grandmother." People are comfortable with her white hair, her warm, relaxed manner, and her keen wit. With characteristic directness, she says people like her because they know "I'm fair and I like children and I adore my husband."
Barbara was born in 1925 to Pauline and Marvin Pierce, who later became president of McCall Corporation. In the suburban town of Rye, New York, she had a happy childhood. She went to boarding school at Ashley Hall in South Carolina, and it was at a dance during Christmas vacation when she was only 16 that she met George Bush, a senior at Phillips Academy in Andover, Essex Co., MAssachusetts. They became engaged a year and a half later, just before he went off to war as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot. By the time George returned on leave, Barbara had dropped out of Smith College. Two weeks later, on January 6, 1945, they were married.
After the war, George graduated from Yale, and they set out for Texas to start their lives together. Six children were born to them: George, Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, and Dorothy. Meanwhile, George built a business in the oil industry. With Texas as home base, he then turned to politics and public service, serving as a member of Congress, U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Chief of the U. S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and later as Vice President. In those 44 years of marriage, Mrs. Bush managed 29 moves of the family.
When her husband was away, she became the family linchpin, providing everything from discipline to carpools. The death of their daughter Robin from leukemia when she was not quite four left George and Barbara Bush with a lifelong compassion. She says, "Because of Robin, George and I love every living human more."
Barbara Bush was always an asset to her husband during his campaigns for public office. Her friendly, forthright manner won her high marks from the voters and the press. As wife of the Vice President, she selected the promotion of literacy as her special cause. As First Lady, she called working for a more literate America the "most important issue we have." Involved with many organizations devoted to this cause, she became Honorary Chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. A strong advocate of volunteerism, Mrs. Bush helped many causes--including the homeless, AIDS, the elderly, and school volunteer programs.
Today Barbara Bush lives in a home she and her husband built in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys being part of the community. Their children and grandchildren visit them often in Houston and at the family summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Devoted to her family, Mrs. Bush still finds time to work on an autobiography, serve on the Boards of AmeriCares and the Mayo Clinic, and continue her prominent role in the Barbara Bush Foundation.

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                                                                             _____|16_James Pierce, General 1810-1874
                                                   _____|8_Jonas James Pierce 1839-1913
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Chloe Holbrook 1816-1886
                         _____|4_Scott Pierce 1866-1930/
                        /                        \                          _____|18_Anton Pritzl 1811-1844
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Katherine Pritzl 1841-1931
                      /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|19_Maria Louisa Pasquay 1812-1887
|2_Marvin Pierce 1893-1969
|                    \                                                     _____|20_Samuel Ross Marvin 1804-1863
|                     \                           _____|10_Jerome Place Marvin 1846-1917
|                      \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|21_Julia Anne Place 1808-1884
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Mabel Marvin 1869-1930/
|                                                \                          _____|22_Richard M. Stokes 1818-1898
|                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|11_Martha Ann Stokes 1847-1925
|                                                                           ¯¯¯¯¯|23_Julia Ann Myers 1826-1858
|--1_Barbara Pierce, First Lady 1925-2018
|                                                                           _____|24_John Welch Robinson 1803-1853
|                                                  _____|12_John William Robinson 1831-1919
|                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Elizabeth Mitchell 1803-1872
|                       _____|6_James Edgar Robinson 1868-1931
|                      /                        \                          _____|26_Daniel Coe 1801-1851
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Sarah Coe 1831-1901
|                    /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|27_Mary Gladden 1804-1893
|3_Pauline Robinson 1896-1949
                      \                                                     _____|28_Stephen Flickinger 1823-1869
                       \                           _____|14_Jacob Marion Flickinger 1849-1917
                        \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|29_Margaret Ann Figley 1825-1886
                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Lula Dell Flickinger 1875-
                                                  \                         _____|30_Jonathan Haines ca 1819-1900
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Sarah J. Haines 1855-1888
                                                                             ¯¯¯¯¯|31_Mary Jane Sprague 1823..1824-1855..1857

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