In a devastating development, Nancy Bush Ellis, the aunt of former President George W. Bush and the sister of former President George H.W. Bush, has died of complications from COVID-19, The Hill reports.
She was 94.
Ellis is one of more than 373,000 Americans who have died as a result of complications from the novel coronavirus, which equates to a fatality rate of over 1.1 per 1,000 American citizens, according to Vox.
According to The Hill, Ellis was a resident of a Concord, Massachusetts assisted living facility.
Ellis’ son, Andrew, reportedly told The New York Times that his mother was experiencing symptoms of the virus, including a fever, which prompted the call to admit her to a hospital on Dec. 30.
There, it was confirmed that she was positive for COVID-19.
The 94-year-old’s symptoms apparently became less intense as she spent time in the hospital. Roughly one week after her admittance, however, it was announced that the revered Bush family member had died.
“The best kind of aristocrat”
Though Ellis was a member of one of the most prominent Republican families in modern American history, she was a lifelong Democrat who was active in many noble causes, including serving as the head of the New England section of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, according to the Times.
However, her party affiliation didn’t stop her from putting family first; Ellis proudly campaigned for both her brother and her nephew, who would both go on to be presidents of the United States. Ellis’ son told the Times she “was a wonderfully energetic campaigner and cheerleader for her brother.”
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.
— George & Barbara Bush Foundation (@BushFdn) January 10, 2021
While stumping for her nephew, George W. Bush, Ellis reportedly took her efforts overseas on behalf of an organization known as Republicans Abroad, which aims to encourage Americans living in Europe and elsewhere to register to vote for presidential elections.
“She’s a part of this great American ethos that’s almost entirely gone,” presidential historian Jon Meacham said of Ellis, according to The Hill. “She was the best kind of aristocrat. There was a sense of service without a shred of snobbery.”