Former First Lady Barbara Bush was married to former President George Bush for more than 70 years. Photo: Barbara Bush, MGNOnline)

Matriarch of a political dynasty and former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92, and Tennessee leaders and residents reacted to the news, many remembering her grace and her efforts in championing literacy.

Tennessee’s U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said he will always cherish memories of hosting the former first couple at his Chattanooga home several years ago. He also sent thoughts and prayers to the entire Bush family and anyone else touched by her life.

“Our nation is a better place today because of the example former First Lady Barbara Bush set as a wife, mother, and public servant, and we are thankful for the remarkable legacy she leaves behind,” Corker said in a prepared statement.


U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, also from Tennessee, shared a similar sentiment.

“Today our country lost a bright, caring, independent lady, and Honey and I lost a good friend,” he said in a prepared statement. “Barbara Bush set a wonderful example as a wife, mom, First Lady and advocate for family literacy. We express to the Bush family our deepest sympathy and respect for her life.”

U.S. Rep. from Tennessee Chuck Fleischmann shared his thoughts via Twitter.

Area residents also took to Twitter to share their thoughts.