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Secret to Barbara, George HW Bush’s marriage, longest of first couples

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barbara george hw bushFormer US President George H.W. Bush tosses the coin for the Super Bowl as former first lady Barbara Bush looks on in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017.REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday, November 30 at age 94. His wife, the former First Lady Barbara Bush, died in April at age 92.

They are survived by their five children, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings.

Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital in April after “contracting an infection that spread to his blood,” according to a statement from Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath. His health had been declining in recent years.

Barbara Bush had been battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure, and was hospitalized several times over the last year.

Bush, who resided in the White House for four years while her husband, served as Commander in Chief, had been married to the 41st president of the United States for 73 years.

Described as a true love story, here is an inside look at the longest marriage in US presidential history:

He has described their love as a “storybook.” Every night before the couple went to sleep, to the end, George still said “I love you, Barbie.”

He has described their love as a "storybook." Every night before the couple went to sleep, to the end, George still said "I love you, Barbie."

AP

Sources: Jenna BushAssociated Press

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