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Barbara Bush with children at Packard opening

Remembering Barbara Bush: The first lady who helped open Packard Children’s

Photos and a newspaper article captured the 1991 visit of first lady Barbara Bush at the opening of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

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

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