Rye native, former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

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The city of Rye is remembering the life and legacy of one of its own, former first lady Barbara Bush.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925 in Queens, but was raised in Rye with her three siblings from 1937 to 1940. She attended Rye Country Day School before transferring to a private boarding school in South Carolina.

PHOTOS: Former first lady Barbara Bush through the years
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Extended interview from the Rye Historical Society

In 1945, the down-to-earth and plainspoken Barbara, married the first boy she ever kissed -- George H.W. Bush at Rye Presbyterian Church. The wedding was followed by a reception at the Apawamis Club also in Rye.

The couple had six children and were married longer than any presidential couple in American history. The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

On Tuesday evening, the beloved former first lady died of heart and respiratory problems, at the age of 92. Her son, former President George W. Bush released this statement, reading -- "Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.  To us, she was so much more.  Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end."

According to a post on the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation website, Barbara Bush will lie in repose from noon to midnight Friday at the church for members of the public wishing to pay respects. The funeral service Saturday is by invitation only. Burial will be on the grounds of the Bush library at Texas A&M University in College Station, about 100 miles northwest of Houston.  The couple's 3-year-old daughter, Robin, who died in 1953 of leukemia, also is buried at the site.
President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in her honor.

Barbara Bush was back in Rye in 1988, when her husband won the presidential election. She reportedly told a group of supporters “there’s no place like home.” “I think more than anything she was a point of stability for everybody, and I don’t think its common today to find a woman with that character and that preserving faith in today’s society,” says Father Michael Sliney, of Rye.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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