Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush

I moved from California to Seattle when I was six years old and my family settled in a neighborhood called Laurelhurst. It wasn’t until I was in Roosevelt High School that I encountered anti-Semitism and my being “Jewish” became an obstacle to having friends. I remember a time when a friend called me and told me she couldn’t be my friend anymore when her parents found out I was Jewish.

My family was very active at Temple De Hirsch and I went to Sunday school where I met the Jewish friends who have been a part of my life ever since.

I attended two years of college at University of Washington and then worked in an accounting office until I met and married my husband, Harry. I became a stay at home mom to our three children. I was married for sixty years and have three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

When I married Harry and took his last name I became Barbara Bush… well once George Bush became President and Barbara the First Lady, I had to laugh. You can’t imagine how many times I was called a liar when I tried to make dinner reservations!