Barbara Bush (née Pierce; June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018) was First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of George H. W. Bush, who served as the 41st President of the United States. She previously was Second Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd U.S. President, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd Governor of Florida.
Barbara Pierce was born in Flushing. She met George Herbert Walker Bush at age 16, and the two married in Rye, New York, in 1945, while he was on leave during his deployment as a Naval officer in World War II. They moved to Texas in 1950, where George later began his political career.
As First Lady of the United States, Bush worked to advance the cause of universal literacy, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
She is also known as Barbara Pierce Bush.