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Nancy Bush, sister to one president and aunt to another, dies aged 94

Although a Democrat, she was fiercely loyal to her family members.

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President George H. W. Bush pictured in 1990 hiding behind his sister, Nancy Ellis, as he prepares for a jog along the CandO canal in the Georgetown section of Washington (Marcy Nighswander/AP)

President George H. W. Bush pictured in 1990 hiding behind his sister, Nancy Ellis, as he prepares for a jog along the CandO canal in the Georgetown section of Washington (Marcy Nighswander/AP)

President George H. W. Bush pictured in 1990 hiding behind his sister, Nancy Ellis, as he prepares for a jog along the CandO canal in the Georgetown section of Washington (Marcy Nighswander/AP)

Nancy Bush Ellis, a longtime Democrat who helped her Republican brother and nephew get elected president, has died of complications of coronavirus at the age of 94.

We are sad to share that President Bush’s beloved sister, Nancy Bush Ellis, has passed away.

“Our condolences and prayers are with the Ellis and Bush families as we remember a remarkable woman who brought joy and light to the world,” the George and Barbara Bush Foundation posted on social media.

She died on Sunday at an assisted living facility in Concord, Massachusetts, her son Alexander Ellis III told The New York Times.

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George W. Bush (Stephen Wilson/PA)

George W. Bush (Stephen Wilson/PA)

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George W. Bush (Stephen Wilson/PA)

She was in hospital on December 30 with a fever and tested positive for coronavirus, he said.

Although she was a Democrat for decades who backed environmental and antipoverty causes, she was first and foremost fiercely loyal to her family.

“She was a Democrat for whom family came first,” George H.W. Bush biographer Jon Meacham told the Times.

She supported and campaigned not only for her brother George H.W. Bush, and her nephew George W. Bush, but for other family members running for public office, including nephew Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.

“If I wrote 5,000 words, I could not express adequately how I felt, listening to that speech,” she wrote in The Boston Globe of watching her brother accept the nomination at the 1988 Republican convention.

One of five children who was born and spent much of her life living in Massachusetts, she is survived by four children, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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