Nancy Bush Ellis Biography, Wiki, Age, Net Worth
Nancy Walker Bush Ellis is the only sister of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and aunt of former President George W. Bush and the former governor of Florida John Ellis “Jeb” Bush. All parents were Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895–1972) and Dorothy Walker (1901–1992). Media consultant John Prescott Ellis and Josiah “Joe” Ellis, President and CEO of the Denver Broncos, are two of her four children. She is widowed and lives in Boston.
Death and Cause of Death
Nancy Bush Ellis, the only sister of former President George H.W. Bush has died at 94, according to the George & Barbara Bush Foundation.
“We are sad to share that President Bush’s beloved sister, Nancy Bush Ellis, has passed away,” the foundation tweeted. “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.”
Ellis died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Concord, Massachusetts due to complications related to COVID-19, her son told the New York Times.
Ellis was born Nancy Walker Bush on Feb. 4, 1926, to Prescott and Dorothy Walker Bush. She was the third of five children and was less than two years younger than brother, George Herbert Walker Bush.
She was an environmentalist known for raising money for organizations like the NAACP and campaigning for her brother and nephew, former President George W. Bush, during their presidential runs.
She was a Democrat until President H.W. Bush’s 1979 primary run, when she joined the GOP. She went on to campaign internationally for George W. Bush in an effort to encourage Americans living in Europe to register and vote.
“My favorite aunt,” George W. Bush once said, according to the New York Times.
“George,” she would reply, “I am your only aunt.” ”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Ellis II in 1989, and three brothers, including President George H.W. Bush in 2018.
She’s survived by her three sons; Alexander Ellis III, John Prescott Ellis, and Josiah Wear Ellis, who is president and chief executive of the Denver Broncos; a daughter, Nancy Walker Ellis Black; grandma grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jonathan James Bush.
Ellis was born in Milton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Vassar College in 1946. On October 26, 1946, at St. Paul’s Church, in Greenwich, Connecticut, she married Alexander Ellis II (1922–1989), an executive with insurance firm Fairfield & Ellis (which merged into Corroon & Black, now a part of Willis Group Holdings Ltd.). Wedding guests included James L. Buckley, John V. Lindsay, John Chafee, and Nancy’s brother George; Office of Strategic Services agent William B. Macomber, Jr. was the best man She had weekly lunches with her nephew George W. Bush while he attended the Harvard School of Business.
Nancy and Alexander Ellis (1922–1989) had a daughter, Nancy, and three sons, Alexander, John, and Josiah.
Although she had been a liberal Democrat and an environmentalist who actively fundraised for the NAACP and co-chaired the New England section of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, she joined the Republican Party in 1988 when her brother ran for president. In September 2004, when her nephew was running for reelection, she visited London, Paris and Frankfurt on behalf of Republicans Abroad in an effort to encourage United States Republicans living in Europe to register and vote.
Volunteer and charitable activities
Ellis has long volunteered with the Boston United South End Settlement House, of which she is an honorary director. She has also volunteered with the New England Medical Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory of Music.
As a board member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, a group that was critical of the George W. Bush administration’s widespread encouragement of industry self-regulation, Ellis led fundraising efforts to establish Belize’s Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area and the environmental conservation program Program for Belize. She is also a member of the nongovernmental organization Pact.