WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - First Lady Barbara Bush – who passed Tuesday night at the age of 92 – was no stranger to Wichita Falls. Former leader of the Republican Party in Wichita Falls, Jacque Allen, spoke about her visits and the legacy she left behind.
Allen helped with Former President George H. W. Bush's campaigns. She said that when the Bushes came, they always made everyone feel like they were a part of the family. Allen said, "She was easy to work for. When you said you'd work for Bush, you were Bushes."
Whenever Former President George W. Bush would come to Wichita Falls to campaign with his father, Allen was in charge of watching over him and making sure he looked presentable along the way. She said Mrs. Bush would check up on them, "She'd call and say, 'Would you be sure, when he leaves that place, that he has his hair cut and his shoes polished?'"
Allen appreciates the media coverage of her old friend and admired her ideals. She said, "It's those kind of people that pass on – we're losing a lot in this country – their values I like."
Barbara Bush was born in Rye, New York in 1925. She met George H. W. Bush when she was 16 at a school dance in Greenwich, Connecticut. The two got married in 1945. They had four sons, and two daughters. However, their daughter, Robin died in 1953 at the age of three after a battle with leukemia.
Bush spent her life as a wife of a politician since 1963. As the first lady she focused on early childhood education and family literacy. She launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy during her husband's presidency.
Mrs. Bush will be laid to rest on Saturday. The funeral is invite only. The public is being welcomed to pay their respects on Friday at St. Martins Church in Houston, Tx.