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Remembering Barbara Bush in Southwest Florida

The former First Lady hosted the annual Celebration of Reading, which funded literacy programs.

  Barbara Bush, the former First Lady who became a champion of reading and literacy, died Tuesday at age 92 in Houston. The matriarch of the family that included two presidents and a Florida governor had strong ties to the Gulfshore. Boca Grande was a frequent vacation destination, and Barbara would often play a round on the Gasparilla Inn golf course. Perhaps her biggest impact in Southwest Florida was the annual Celebration of Reading. Since 2001, the event has brought best-selling authors to the area to help raise money (more than $26 million so far) for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.  Here, Southwest Floridians remember the former First Lady. We'll be updating as more remembrances come in.      Honoring the memory of Barbara Bush...one of the first to invest in our Bright Beginnings program and to empower us and our families. She was an amazing wife, mother, and woman who has been an inspiration to so many. A post shared by Grace Place (@graceplacenaples) on Apr 18, 2018 at 6:11am PDT   Saddened to hear of the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush. She was a strong and graceful woman who improved the lives of so many Americans. My prayers are with the Bush family in this difficult time. — Lizbeth Benacquisto (@lizbethkb) April 18, 2018   @BarbaraBushFdn my condolences and prayers to the Bush family on the passing of Mrs. Barbara Bush, truly a bright light in what can be a dark wor
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