On Sunday, news broke that former first lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and is now focusing on comfort care at home.
The 92-year-old is battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure, and has been hospitalized several times over the last year.
Bush, who resided in the White House for four years while her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, served as Commander in Chief, has been married to the 41st president of the United States for 73 years.
Described as a true love story, here is an inside look at the longest marriage in US presidential history:
Barbara Pierce and George Bush met at a dance over Christmas vacation in 1942. She was 17 and he was 18, and Barbara claims that George was the first boy she ever kissed.
Source: Associated Press
After dating for a year and a half, the two became engaged and planned to get married before George went off to serve in World War II as a Navy pilot. He famously named three of his Navy planes after her, and the two shared love letters while he was away.
On January 6, 1945, the couple married at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York while George was on leave from war. He was 20 and she was 19.