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Hometown hero remembers former first lady Barbara Bush

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President Donald Trump has ordered U.S. flags to fly at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Barbara Bush.

The former first lady died Tuesday in Houston at the age of 92.

The news comes just days after the Bush family revealed their matriarch was in failing health and would no longer seek hospital care.

Bush battled health problems for much of her later life, suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

She’s one of the only two women in American history to be the wife and mother of a U.S. president.

People on social media are remembering the former first lady, including hometown hero Travis Mills. The Vassar native posted on Facebook:

"I am proud to have called First Lady Barbara Bush my friend. Our deepest condolences to the Bush Family on the loss of a remarkable woman, philanthropist, and friend. May she rest in peace."

Congressman John Moolenaar issued a statement following the news as well.

“Barbara Bush was an amazing woman. She was fiercely loyal, funny, witty and plain-spoken. Amy and I join our nation in praying for the entire Bush family as they mourn the loss of a wonderful woman.”

There will be a public viewing at St. Martin’s Church in Houston on Friday, with an invite-only funeral set for Saturday.

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