Nancy Bush Ellis, Presidential Sister, Aunt, Dies of COVID Complications Nancy Bush Ellis and then-President George H.W. Bush in 1990 (Marcy Nighswander/AP)
By Eric Mack | Sunday, 10 January 2021 08:42 PM
The sister of former President George H.W. Bush and aunt of former President George W. Bush died Sunday from COVID-19 complications.
Nancy Bush Ellis, 94, died at an assisted-living facility in Concord, Massachusetts after being hospitalized with a fever Dec. 30 and testing positive for COVID-19.
The George & Barbara Bush Foundation tweeted Sunday:
"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."
Despite being an outspoken Democrat, Ellis "was a wonderfully energetic campaigner and cheerleader for her brother," Ellis' son Alexander Ellis III told The New York Times.
Ellis was a champion of the arts, environment, and antipoverty causes and was the head of the New England section of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
She also campaigned for hew nephew and served for Republicans Abroad to bring out the vote for Americans who live overseas.
"She was a Democrat for whom family came first," presidential historian Jon Meacham told the Times.
"She's a part of this great American ethos that's almost entirely gone. She was the best kind of aristocrat. There was a sense of service without a shred of snobbery."