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.
Extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was loved by her family, the state of Texas, and the nation. I send my condolences to the Bush family and will keep them in my prayers.
— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) April 18, 2018
Area residents also took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
Barbara Bush was a national treasure. God rest her soul.
— Sharlee S. Gatlin (@SharleeG) April 18, 2018
Barbara Bush was witty, humorous, and a force for good. May she rest in peace.
— Blake Kitterman (@blake_kitterman) April 17, 2018
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
– Barbara Bush
— hutch8504 (@Hutch8504) April 18, 2018
RIP Mrs. Barbara Bush
In the words of @brithume … "A great lady has died."
— Dana Harding (@DanaHarding) April 18, 2018
— Greg Funderburg (@gfunderburgNC9) April 18, 2018
— Karen Hannah Willis (@kehteaches) April 18, 2018
Rest in peace to Barbara Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush. She was a strong, outspoken woman known as “the enforcer” In her family, and she was a credit to her country as first lady.
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownCHA) April 18, 2018
RIP First Lady Barbara Bush….she was always so classy…..😢
— Kristi (@kterrell520) April 18, 2018
Barbara Bush will forever be one of my favorite First Ladies as she was the epitome of style, class, pearls & literacy. May she RIP. #RIPBarbaraBush
— Wendy King 🇺🇸😀🍊 (@TennWen) April 17, 2018
So sad to hear of the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She was a great role model and did so much for our country with literacy. Sending all my love and light to the Bush family.
— Samantha Lynn (@THEsamanthakay) April 17, 2018
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bush family…Barbara Bush a great First Lady and a wonderful representative for our country
— Jeff L. Scott, Ph.D (@ushistoryleader) April 17, 2018
RIP Barbara Bush. You were a strong, feisty woman and a loving wife and mother; I respect that.
— TNGaytheist (@TNGaytheist) April 17, 2018