Lead­ing and Liv­ing with Love: Neil Bush

China Daily (USA) - - PEOPLE - By MAY ZHOU in Hous­ton [email protected]­nadai­lyusa.com

In an in­ter­view with China Daily in Au­gust, Neil Bush talked about the pass­ing of his mother Bar­bara. “Maria (his wife) and I live across the street from my par­ents’ house. I’d go over every day to talk or to do a puz­zle to­gether. She had her rou­tine and would go out to meet her 92-year-old friend for lunch and go to church on Sun­day.

“I prob­a­bly read about 50 books for mom and dad — books about dad, about James Baker, books by dad, and oth­ers. The last book I read to my mom was Bar­bara Bush: A Mem­oir pub­lished by mom in 1994. It re­flected on their en­tire life — dad go­ing to China, run­ning the CIA, run­ning for Se­nate, run­ning for Pres­i­dent twice. It was kind of a joy to re­mind her, when she was kind of knock­ing on the doors of heaven, about this in­cred­i­ble life of ad­ven­ture, her be­ing a great wife and mother to her kids.

“When she passed away, a lot peo­ple said to me ‘Oh, I am sorry’. She lived to 92, she had an in­cred­i­ble mar­riage, saw the world, met in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, raised kids, one of which be­came Pres­i­dent. It’s hard to feel sorry for some­one who had lived such a great life.”

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