When Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford opened its doors in April 1991, first lady Barbara Bush was part of the festivities.
The hospital's archives feature heartwarming photos of Bush visiting with a few young patients, whose questions she answered with characteristic candor, as the Stanford Daily reported, including an exchange between 4-year-old Shannon Brace and the first lady:
Brace, the small vivacious girl perched on Bush’s lap, pointed at Bush’s pearl choker and asked, 'Why do you wear that necklace?'
The first lady replied, 'To hide my wrinkles.'
Bush died April 17.
Photo by Carolyn Clebsch