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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:47 PM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Sends Condolences To Bushes Over Passing Of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

HOUSTON (AP) The Latest on former first lady Barbara Bush, who has died at age 92 (all times local):


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9:39 a.m.

Jenna Bush Hager's father-in-law, former Virginia Lt. Gov. John Hager, remembers former first lady Barbara Bush as a "marvelous woman."

Hager tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2EUx8BD) that Bush "was a real matriarch in every sense of the word."

Barbara Bush, the wife of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday at 92.

Jenna Bush Hager, the Bush's granddaughter, is married to Henry Hager.

John Hager says Barbara Bush "was real friendly to us and could not have been a better hostess," noting that the Bush family was down-to-earth and welcoming.

Hager added: "She was always very gracious to us. I think they liked Henry and that was the end of it. They've been great to us ever since."

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9:22 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed condolences to George H.W. Bush following the death of his wife, Barbara.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday that Putin sent a telegram to the former president offering his condolences.

Barbara Bush died Tuesday at 92.

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