Photo of George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush
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While we were totally heartbroken to hear that former first lady Barbara Bush passed away, bittersweet recollections about her life have definitely made us smile. As it turns out, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush was a little bit of a rebel. From embracing her white hair to supporting a woman’s right to choose, we love that she had a strong personality and didn’t hold back — even if it meant disagreeing with her husband.

At Barbara Bush’s funeral on Saturday, April 21st, we learned more about the incredible love story between her and the former president, and it definitely has us tearing up.

Her son, Jeb Bush, delivered the eulogy and reflected on the last time his mother was in the hospital, People reported.

Hospital staff had to run out of the room to keep from crying in front of them, Jeb added.

Jeb also spoke about letters his father used to write to Barbara Bush on their wedding anniversaries.

Since the couple was married for 73 years, it’s pretty clear George H.W. was doing something right.

“My dad is a phenomenal letter writer, and he would write mom on their wedding anniversaries, which totaled an amazing 73 years. Here’s one of them written on January 6, 1984,” Jeb said.

As if that isn’t enough to make your eyes a little misty, there’s more.

Presidential historian Jon Meacham spoke during the ceremony, too. He shared another letter the former president had written to Barbara Bush during World War II, and you’ll need to grab a tissue (if you haven’t already).

George H.W. also wore socks with books on them to his wife’s funeral service in honor of her commitment to family literacy.

As the wife of one president and the mother to another, Barbara Bush’s willingness to speak up for what she believed in inspires us to do the same. Our hearts are with her loved ones as they mourn her passing and celebrate her life.