Barbara Bush exemplified values Midlanders’ cherish

We were sad to hear about the death of former Midlander Barbara Bush. Our condolences go out to the family and those who knew the matriarch of arguably the greatest political dynasty in our nation’s history.

Our memories of the former first lady weren’t just about politics, but as a wife, mother, grandmother and someone who made an impact in our community and country.

We hope those who had their political issues with Barbara Bush or any of the Bush family give the rest of us a break over the next few days. Now is not the time for someone’s snarky comments driven by political bias, including those who didn’t agree with her views of the current president.

Just because you have the right to say or post anything you want, doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do.

 

Midland always will have a special place for the Bush family. We have the elementary school named for former President George H.W. Bush and, of course, the Bush family home.

On Wednesday, the home released the following concerning Barbara Bush’s death.

“The former First Lady exemplified the values that so many Midlanders cherish. Mrs. Bush was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and community servant. She worked tirelessly to serve Midland in the 1950s by working with many organizations teaching Sunday school, volunteering at Midland Memorial Hospital, raising money for the Community Theater, YMCA and Midland Symphony. She was also involved with other organizations including Cub Scouts and the Midland Women’s Club (now Junior League). Later on, she worked with groups devoted to learning more about dyslexia, leukemia and other medical issues. Her greatest love was promoting family literacy, a cause with which she has been in the forefront for several decades.

“The United States of America has lost a woman who exemplified in every way, the character of its greatest generation, the values that so many Midlanders hold dear. Mrs. Bush is a national treasure, and the goal of the George W. Bush Childhood Home is to preserve her legacy, and the legacy of her family, for the benefit of generations to come. We will continue to celebrate her life by telling her remarkable story and that of her family.”

We hope those who want to celebrate Barbara Bush’s life will consider making a donation to the literacy program at the Bush Childhood Home or donate books to the Laura Bush Bookshelves, which contain the many books the home freely gives as gifts to children who visit the presidential site.

We agree with childhood home officials that a donation would “honor Barbara Bush’s relentless determination to establish literacy as a value in every home.”

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