Hickenlooper orders flags at half-staff in honor of the late Barbara Bush

Author: Erin Prater - April 18, 2018 - Updated: April 18, 2018

In this 1990 file photo, first lady Barbara Bush poses with her dog Millie in Washington. A family spokesman said April 17 that former first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags across the state lowered in honor of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92.

“She will be missed,” Hickenlooper tweeted Wednesday morning.

Mrs. Bush, wife of former President George H.W. Bush, had declined further medical treatment for health problems and was to focus instead on “comfort care” at home in Houston, a family spokesman said Sunday. She had recently been hospitalized for congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Flags are to remain lowered until sunset on the day of internment. A funeral is planned Saturday at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, which Mrs. Bush and her husband regularly attended. Mrs. Bush will lie in repose Friday at the church for members of the public who want to pay respects. Saturday’s service will be by invitation only, according to the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.

Hickenlooper’s order mirrors a presidential proclamation issued by President Donald Trump Wednesday. In the proclamation, Trump calls Mrs. Bush “an outstanding and memorable woman of character.”

“As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family,” Trump said in the proclamation. “Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances. In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.”

Her son, former President George W. Bush, remembered his mother as a “fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love and literacy to millions.”

“Laura, Barbara, Jenna and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was,” he said in a Tuesday statement. “Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother.”

George H.W. Bush held his wife’s hand all day Tuesday and was at her side when she died, according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at George H.W. Bush’s office in Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.