\u00a0Former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush, the only woman to see her husband and son both sworn in as president, died on Tuesday, the Bush family said. She was 92.\r\nBush was the wife of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush.\r\nThe Bush family had said in a statement on Sunday that she was in failing health, had decided not to seek further medical treatment and instead would focus on \u201ccomfort care.\u201d\r\nAccording to some media reports, Bush had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart problems in recent years.\r\n\u201cBarbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love and literacy to millions,\u201d George W. Bush said in a statement. \u201cTo us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end.\u201d\r\nDubbed \u201cThe Silver Fox\u201d by her husband and children, Bush was known for her snow-white hair and for being fiercely protective of her family.\r\nShe was first lady when her husband was in the White House from 1989 to 1993. Her son, Republican George Walker Bush, triumphed in the disputed 2000 U.S. election and was president from 2001 to 2009. The father-and-son presidents were sometimes referred to as \u201cBush 41\u201d and \u201cBush 43.\u201d\r\nThe Bushes celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January.\r\nBush had an independent streak and could be sharp-tongued. As first lady, she promoted literacy and reading but said she was more interested in running a household than helping her husband run the country.\r\n\u00a0\r\nShe discouraged speculation that she wielded political influence with the president like her predecessors - Ronald Reagan\u2019s wife, Nancy Reagan, and Jimmy Carter\u2019s wife, Rosalynn Carter.\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t fool around with his office and he doesn\u2019t fool around with my household,\u201d she once said.\r\n\u201cShe\u2019ll speak her mind but only to him,\u201d said Jack Steel, a longtime Bush aide.\r\n\u2018HUMILITY AND DECENCY\u2019\r\nPresident Donald Trump and former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were among those praising the late first lady.\r\n\u201cShe will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well,\u201d Trump and his wife, Melania, said in a statement that noted Bush\u2019s championing of literacy \u201cas a fundamental family value.\u201d\r\nClinton, who defeated her husband in the 1992 presidential election, called Bush \u201cfierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like.\u201d\r\n\u00a0\r\nObama and his wife, Michelle, said in a statement that Barbara Bush was \u201can example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit.\u201d\r\nThe only other woman to be both wife and mother of U.S. presidents was Abigail Adams, the first lady from 1797 to 1801. She was a major influence on husband John Adams, the nation\u2019s second president, but died before son John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824.\r\nAnother of Bush\u2019s sons, Jeb, who served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, sought the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and she campaigned for him before he dropped out of the race.\r\nThe Bushes had six children. A daughter, Robin, died of leukemia in 1953 at age 3. Barbara Bush\u2019s hair began to turn prematurely white after the shock of the girl\u2019s death. In addition to George W. and Jeb, the other Bush children were sons Neil and Marvin and daughter Dorothy.\r\nThe Bushes married on Jan. 6, 1945, and Barbara set up households in numerous cities as her husband moved from being a Texas oilman to being a member of Congress, Republican Party leader, U.S. envoy to China and the United Nations and head of the Central Intelligence Agency.\r\n\u2018RHYMES WITH RICH\u2019\r\nBarbara Bush sometimes made biting remarks, particularly when she felt the need to defend her husband. One notable example came in 1984 when George H.W. Bush was seeking re-election as vice president under Reagan, a post he held from 1981 until becoming president in 1989.\r\nShe told reporters that Geraldine Ferraro, her husband\u2019s Democratic rival for the vice presidency, was a \u201c4 million dollar ... I can\u2019t say it but it rhymes with \u2018rich.\u2019\u201d She apologized to Ferraro, the first woman running for U.S. vice president on a major-party ticket.\r\nTexas Governor Ann Richards mocked her husband at the 1988 Democratic convention - saying: \u201cPoor George ... was born with a silver foot in his mouth\u201d - and Barbara henceforth referred to Richards as \u201cthat woman.\u201d\r\nIn 2012, Bush dismissed the political ambitions of U.S. conservative darling Sarah Palin, saying: \u201cI think she\u2019s very happy in Alaska - and I hope she\u2019ll stay there.\u201d\r\nBush generally refused to discuss publicly her personal views on controversial topics such as abortion, an issue on which she was believed to differ from her husband\u2019s more conservative stance.\r\nBut during her husband\u2019s 1992 re-election race, she told reporters that abortion and homosexuality were \u201cpersonal things\u201d that should be left out of political conventions and party platforms. \u201cI don\u2019t think that\u2019s healthy for the country when anyone thinks their morals are better than anyone else\u2019s,\u201d she said.\r\nOpinion polls often showed her popularity as first lady exceeding her husband\u2019s as president. \u201cI don\u2019t threaten anyone,\u201d she said. \u201cThat\u2019s because I\u2019m everyone\u2019s grandma.\u201d\r\nPUBLISHER\u2019S DAUGHTER\r\nA year younger than her husband, she was born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925, and grew up in Rye, New York. Her father was Marvin Pierce, publisher of McCall\u2019s magazine.\r\nShe was home from boarding school in 1941 when she met her future husband at a Christmas party in Connecticut. She dropped out of prestigious Smith College to marry Bush, then a young naval aviator home on leave from World War Two.\r\nGeorge Bush said marrying Barbara, whom he called \u201cBar,\u201d was \u201cthe thing I did right.\u201d But the marriage nearly did not take place. While they were engaged, his bomber was shot down by the Japanese in the Pacific in 1944. He bailed out and was rescued in the ocean by a submarine crew, but his crewmates died.\r\n\u201cWhen you\u2019re 18, you think everybody is invincible. ... I mean, that was stupid - but I knew he was going to come home. He was Superman,\u201d she told CNN in 2003.\r\nAfter leaving the White House, she found time to write her memoirs. In 1990, she authored \u201cMillie\u2019s Book,\u201d a humorous look at the adventures of the family\u2019s English springer spaniel in the White House.\r\nIn one of their last public appearances, the Bushes attended the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston, with George performing the ceremonial pregame coin flip. Only a few days before, the couple had been released from a hospital where George had been treated for pneumonia and Barbara for bronchitis.