Jenna Bush Hager Shares Heartwarming Tribute to George H.W. Bush

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  • On Sunday, Jenna Bush Hager posted a tribute to her late grandfather George H.W. Bush on Instagram.
  • George H.W. Bush passed away one year ago, on November 30, 2018.
  • Jenna shared how much she misses him, and how her six-year-old daughter Mila comforted her during this challenging time of year.

    November 30 marks one year after the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, but his loved ones are making sure his legacy lives on.

    Jenna Bush Hager, George’s granddaughter, shared a heartwarming tribute of her “Gampy” to Instagram over the weekend. Jenna posted two throwback photos of her and twin sister Barbara Pierce Bush with their grandfather when they were young girls, followed by a photo of the sisters paying a visit to his gravesite in Houston.

    “One year yesterday, we lost our Gamps. He is gone but he left behind a family that loves each other—we talked yesterday about how much we love him and each other,” she wrote in the caption. “He showed us that serving with humility is the best way to serve and that living with kindness and generosity of spirit is the best way to live.”

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    One year yesterday, we lost our Gamps. He is gone but he left behind a family that loves each other— we talked yesterday about how much we love him and each other. He showed us that serving with humility is the best way to serve and that living with kindness and generosity of spirit is the best way to live. We miss you Gampy, but as Mila said yesterday: don’t worry mama, he’s celebrating in heaven with Ganny. 💫

    A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Dec 1, 2019 at 7:15am PST

    The first year after losing a loved is always difficult, but Jenna wrote that her six-year-old daughter Mila came up with the most comforting words: “We miss you Gampy, but as Mila said yesterday: don’t worry mama, he’s celebrating in heaven with Ganny,” she continued.

    A few days after George passed, Jenna shared photos of her grandfather with her children, Mila and four-year-old Poppy. “What a gift that my girls got to know our Gampy,” she wrote in the caption. “What an honor that we could name our Poppy after such a principled, humble, kind man who we all loved fiercely and who loved us back.”

    “Poppy” was George’s childhood nickname growing up, and Jenna said that he cried when she first told him she was naming her second daughter after him. “He was not expecting it, so he cried,” Jenna said on an episode of Today. “And of course, I cry at like Teacher Appreciation Day commercials [so] I’m, crying over the baby and Henry’s kind of like wiping the baby’s face off because there’s like tears in the baby’s mouth.”

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    What a gift that my girls got to know our Gampy. What an honor that we could name our Poppy after such a principled, humble, kind man who we all loved fiercely and who loved us back. I read this letter—he wrote us—with new eyes: Remember the old song? “I’ll be there, ready when you are?” Well, I’ll be there, ready when you are. And if you need me, I’m here. Devotedly, Dad.”

    A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Dec 3, 2018 at 3:47am PST

    George’s 2018 death came just a few months after he lost his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush. Jenna shared a photo where she’s clutching her grandmother’s hand in the moments before she passed.

    “Holding onto my namesake 99-year-old, Jenna Welch. She never graduated from college but never stopped learning: she taught me every constellation in the night sky and about beautiful foreign lands she would never get visit. I loved seeing her today in Midland,” she wrote in the caption.

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    Holding onto my namesake 99-year-old, Jenna Welch. She never graduated from college but never stopped learning: she taught me every constellation in the night sky and about beautiful foreign lands she would never get visit. I loved seeing her today in Midland. 💕

    A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Nov 6, 2018 at 9:03am PST

    Jenna shared that while Barbara never got to meet Jenna’s youngest child, Henry Harold “Hal” Hager, his great-grandmother left him and Jenna’s children special gifts of handmade Christmas stockings so that they can always feel close to her.

    “What a beautiful thing she did so that all three of my kids could have that,” Jenna told People. “Hal’s the first baby who won’t get to meet these people that were such an important part of my life. But I also know that through my grandparents’ letters and their stories and the ways they raised us, he’ll get to know them.”

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    @laurawbush and I are thrilled to welcome Henry Harold Hager to our family. We are happy for the proud parents, @jennabhager and Henry. And pleased that Mila and Poppy have a little brother to love. We thank God that mom and baby are healthy, and we look forward to many years of loving the boy known as Hal.

    A post shared by George W. Bush (@georgewbush) on Aug 5, 2019 at 6:44am PDT

    Despite the Bush family’s losses, they’re forever influenced by George H.W. and Barbara Bush. “Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything,” Jenna wrote to Instagram shortly after her grandfather’s death. “He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my Grandmother are back together.”

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    Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything. He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my Grandmother are back together.

    A post shared by Jenna Bush Hager (@jennabhager) on Dec 1, 2018 at 4:18am PST

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    Nicol Natale
    Assistant Editor
    Currently an assistant editor at Prevention.com, Nicol is a Manhattan-based journalist who specializes in health, wellness, beauty, fashion, business, and lifestyle.