Country Stars React to the Passing of First Lady Barbara Bush

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Country stars remember Barbara Bush
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When news broke that former first lady Barbara Bush passed away Tuesday evening (April 15), country stars took to social media.

Surrounded by loved ones, Barbara passed away holding her husband, President George H.W. Bush’s hand. As First Lady and First Mother, when her son George W. Bush became President, she touched the lives of so many and won the hearts of the country.

Faith Hill described her meeting the First Lady as one of the “greatest moments of my life.” While Reba recalled being honored when Mrs. Bush called her ‘Dearie,’ learning so much from the great lady.

“I had the opportunity to meet former First Lady Barbara Bush at a charity event in Houston a couple of years ago,” Faith wrote. “From my heart, I can honestly say it was, and will remain, one of the greatest moments of my life. May we all take the time to read as much as we can to learn about her many contributions.”

Brad Paisley, wife Kimberly Paisley, Travis Tritt and Loretta Lynn all took to social media to share their stories.

“This nation owes this woman a huge debt for her wisdom, guidance, and love. Rest In peace my friend. What an incredible & inspiring life you lived Barbara Bush. Thank you for your friendship and so many memories. #alifewelllived,” Brad wrote in his post.

R.I. P. Barbara Bush.

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I first met Barbara Bush when she and George invited us to their home in Kennebunkport for lunch in July of 2011. Brad had a show nearby, and so our family piled into the tour bus and drove out to their expansive waterfront property. Within minutes of meeting us, Barbara handed my-four-year old her camera and told him to take some pictures of the day for her. She struck me as sharp, funny, feisty. I liked her immediately. She had no problem gently admonishing my children for stomping in a puddle during a tour of the grounds. She and George shared stories about their children and she talked about her time as First Lady. My last memory of that day was watching Barbara at the edge of her front steps cringing and waving as Brad’s bus driver spent a good ten minutes trying to navigate the giant tour bus out of their narrow driveway without ruining her colorful peonies. I hope we only crushed a couple. The bus didn’t have a window to roll down, so all I could do from the front seat was wave back and shrug and hope she understood my feeble apology. Luckily, we were invited for lunch a few times after that, so that was not the last time I saw the Bushes. When I wrote my book in 2016, I sent Barbara a copy and was amazed that not only did she read it almost immediately, she sent me an extensive hand-written note. I’m grateful to have known such a formidable and classy woman. I’m sending love to her dear husband, President Bush, and the extended Bush family tonight. May she rest in the peace that passes all understanding.

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