Jenna Bush Hager Remembers Grandmother Barbara in Bittersweet Post 1 Year After Her Death: 'You Made Us Better'
Mrs. Bush died just a few months before her husband, former President George H. W. Bush, after 73 years of marriage
“Missing you Ganny today and everyday,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Mrs. Bush in her signature pearls.
“One year without our enforcer,” Hager, 37, continued, using one of her family’s nicknames for her grandmother.
Hager wrote that Mrs. Bush’s death — and the time that had already passed — was “hard [to] believe. You made us better and we love you more than tongue can tell.”
“It’s very interesting when you lose these people that you love so much and also you’re filled with awe that they’re beloved by everybody,” Hager told PEOPLE earlier this year.
Last fall, ahead of her first Christmas without her grandmother, Hager shared a few special holiday memories in an essay for Southern Living, where she is an editor-at-large. (Southern Living and PEOPLE are both published by Meredith Corporation.)
“This Christmas, our first without Ganny, I’m nostalgic for the days when we were together,” Hager wrote. “This time of year is full of love but for those who have recently lost someone, that loss is illuminated.”
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In the months since Mrs. Bush’s passing, her presence has not abated in her family. Granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush wore a special keepsake of hers at her own wedding last October: a bracelet President Bush had given her on their anniversary.
And, Hager shared in her holiday essay, Mrs. Bush had hand-stitched stockings for great-granddaughters Mila and Poppy.
“When I imagine my Ganny, I think of her hands busy (usually her mouth too) as she meticulously needlepointed. She worked on many projects, but her most precious were stockings for her great-grandchildren,” Hager wrote.
Last October, during the younger Barbara’s intimate wedding to Craig Coyne, surrounded by close family, it began to rain “the second that it was announced that we were husband and wife,” Barbara later recalled on the Today show.
“I thought, ‘That’s my grandmother. She’s with us, too.’ “