It’s been one year since former first lady Barbara Bush sadly passed away and her granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager is still mourning the loss a full 365 days later. In honor of the one-year anniversary of her heartbreaking death, the Today host took to Instagram to share a sweet message alongside a stunning photo of her late grandmother.
“Missing you Ganny today and every day,” the 37-year-old captioned the post she shared on Wednesday, April 17. “One year without our enforcer — hard believe. You made us better and we love you more than tongue can tell.” Take a look at Jenna’s beautiful tribute below.
Fans of the blonde beauty didn’t hesitate to console her in the comment section. “I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Her passing away hit me hard. I remember her when I was little in school. She was so classy … she was a lady. I have so much respect for your family,” one fan wrote. “We loved her from afar, you experienced her from the front row … can’t even imagine,” gushed another.
The wife of late President George. H.W. Bush — who died just seven months after Barbara — said goodbye to her friends and family at the age of 92. She passed away after struggling with various illnesses throughout the years, including congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Although Barbara chose not to seek additional medical care just days before her death, the Bush family’s longtime friend Ambassador C. Boyden Gray said she wasn’t exhibiting any signs of deteriorating. “Some of the recent emails indicate she is not quite ready to sign off. She’s answering all of her phone calls herself,” Gray shared with People at the time. A source also told CBS News that the mother of George W. Bush was alert and even enjoyed a drink during her final hours!
The Our Great Big Backyard author admitted that she didn’t even realize one year had passed already until her father and aunt pointed it out to her. “So I woke up thinking of her this morning,” Jenna said while cohosting Today. “I just am so proud to have had a grandmother who lived fearlessly. Her life wasn’t always easy, but she raised us to be better. Even now, when I’m about to do something impulsive, I think, ‘Would my grandmother like that?’ And usually if the answer’s no, I hold back.”
We will always miss you, Barbara!