Tuesday night former first lady Barbara Bush passed away surrounded by family.
Following her death, West Texans remember her legacy and the lasting mark she left on the Permian Basin.
The Bush family lived in Midland for nine years from 1950-1959.
Decades later, members of the Bush family still visit their childhood home and members of the community.
“Well I was surprised it was so sudden, I thought she had more time. I didn’t realize how ill she was, it was a shock really,” said Patti Alexander, Docent of the Childhood Home.
“She of course really embraced the characteristics and the traits we like to see in a first lady. The love of family, love of God and the love of the country,” said Paul St. Hilaire, Executive Director of the Childhood Home.
Locals brought flowers to the home and those out of town have sent emails sharing their condolences.
“She was well respected in the community and the family was very active,” said Alexander.
“Of course the legacy that she left behind with all of the organizations in which she was involved with still continue to provide entertainment and sources of recreation for people, several generations after they left Midland,” said St. Hilaire.
Barbara taught Sunday school, served on the PTA, volunteered at the local hospital and as a den mother. She also raised money for the community theater, the first YMCA and the first orchestra.
St. Hilaire said Barbara was more than an active community member, she was a powerful political figure that treated people like people.
“People especially that reach the office of presidency are relatively unapproachable, that is not the case with either of the Bush presidents or the first ladies- especially George and Barbara,” said St. Hilaire, “we will continue to celebrate her life and legacy that she left for us in Midland.”
The childhood home expects this weekend to be extra busy with tours and people coming to remember her life.