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George W. Bush recalls his mother as strong, lucid and funny as she approached death

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“She truly believes there’s an afterlife, that she’ll be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God,” Bush said, “and, therefore, did not fear death. And as a result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted.”

Laura Bush, who was also present for the interview, credited Barbara Bush for being a role model.

“She was a great role model for me, for sure. I learned how to be a first lady,” Laura Bush said.

Barbara Bush was reportedly battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. Her family announced Sunday that she had “decided not to seek additional medical treatment” after recent hospitalizations amid her “failing health.”

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