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President Bush's Mother Dies at 91

By Ann Devroy
The Washington Post


Dorothy Walker Bush, 91, the mother of President Bush and matriarch of the Bush family, died Thursday at her home in Greenwich, Conn. The president had made a rushed trip to visit her Thursday afternoon after learning Wednesday night she had suffered a stroke.

The wife of a senator, Mrs. Bush lived to see her son inaugurated the 41st president of the United States. Seated on the inaugural platform four years ago, she smiled as he bent to kiss her and tell reporters, "Many of our family are here, and they all, as does this son, worship the ground she walks on."

In his autobiography, Bush called his mother and father, the late Prescott Bush, the "most important people in my life," and spoke often of his mother with love and pride. As vice president and president, Bush visited her often at the homes she maintained in Florida in the winter, in Greenwich where he grew up, and at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Mrs. Bush died shortly after 5 p.m. at the Greenwich house, where family had gathered after her stroke Wednesday. The president had been informed of her illness by his sister, Nancy Ellis, and left Washington in a small Air Force jet Thursday morning for a rushed visit. He was in the White House when she died.

The president will attend memorial services in Greenwich on Monday, according to the White House.

Although Mrs. Bush had been in declining health after suffering a series of small strokes and pneumonia, her 90th birthday in July 1991 brought the huge Bush family together in Kennebunkport for an extended celebration. All of the Bush children spoke of her with awe and affection, echoing the president's words in his autobiography about the old-fashioned upbringing his father and mother had offered their four sons and daughter, an upbringing that blended "generous measures" of love and discipline with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.