Politician's wife: Barbara and George had six children: George, Pauline Robinson (known as Robin; she died of leukemia in 1953), John Ellis (Jeb), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy. During George H.W. Bush's career as a businessman and a politician, Barbara supervised 29 household moves.
That white hair: Barbara's brown hair turned white during Robin's treatment for leukemia. While in the White House, Barbara's hair gave her a grandmotherly look, and her son George dubbed her "The Silver Fox."
She's a pearl: The triple-string false pearl necklace Barbara wore to her husband's inauguration in January 1989 became a national fashion trend. She later said she wore the pearls to cover the wrinkles in her neck.
Book smart: In 1984 Barbara wrote "C. Fred's Story," which was about the Bush family dog. "Millie's Book," about another Bush family dog was published in 1990. It was published a year after the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy was founded. In 1994, Barbara published her memoirs.
Information from wire services was also used in this report