Thelma Raker Coffone is an award winning non-fiction writer. She enjoys sharing information about America's presidents and their families.
We all know about the most famous children of the Bush family (President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush). However, many are unaware of the other children of George and Barbara Bush.
President and Mrs. Bush had six children: George W. (the oldest child), Pauline Robinson Bush known as "Robin," John Ellis Bush nicknamed "Jeb," Neil Mallon Bush, Marvin Pierce Bush, and Dorothy Bush, whose nickname is "Doro."
Below, you will find information about the lesser-known children of George and Barbara Bush.
Robin Bush (1949-1953): Deceased Daughter of George and Barbara Bush
Pauline Robinson "Robin" Bush was born in 1949, the second child of George and Barbara Bush, after the birth of George W. in 1946. Sadly, she was diagnosed with advanced leukemia when she was just 3 years old. Her parents took her to New York City for treatments, however, she passed away just two months before her fourth birthday. There was no funeral for Robin as her remains were donated to science to be used for research in the hope that a cure for leukemia would be found. Her maternal grandfather placed a small headstone for Robin in his family cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut. Many years later, the headstone was moved to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University which will be the final resting place of her parents.
Neil Mallon Bush
Neil was born in 1955 after the birth of Jeb and the death of Robin, both of which occurred in 1953. He struggled throughout school until he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Barbara worked long and hard with Neil to overcome his disability and he later graduated from Tulane University with an MBA.
He is the chairman of Points of Light Institute which is a foundation that promotes volunteering for worthy causes around the world.
During his father's term as Vice President, Neil served on the board of directors of Silverado Savings and Loan prior to its collapse which cost taxpayers 1.3 billion dollars. The investigation revealed that Neil had questionable activities involving numerous conflicts of interest. Surprisingly, he was not indicted on criminal charges. The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.) brought civil charges against him which were settled out of court resulting in a payment of $50,000 as his part of the settlement. A Republican fundraising effort was made to help Neil with the costs of these dealings.
A highly publicized divorce from his wife of 23 years, Sharon, brought to light that Neil had contracted STD herpes from high-priced prostitutes in Hong Kong and Thailand. A year later he married his current wife, Maria, who claimed that he was the father of her 2 year old son.
Marvin Pierce Bush
Born in 1956, Marvin is a venture capitalist and until 2000, he served on the board of directors for Securacom, a company that maintained security for the World Trade Center Towers. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Towers, Securacom and Marvin Bush were severely criticized in the media.
Marvin, the Bush's youngest son, now leads a relatively private life, as much as possible as a member of such a powerful American political family. He received a BS degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Margaret have two adopted children.
Dorothy Bush Koch
Dorothy, nicknamed Doro, was born in 1959 and is the youngest of the George and Barbara Bush children. She is married to Robert Koch, President of the Wine Institute who was formerly an aide to House Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt, which is ironic considering the Bush family is staunchly Republican. Dorothy has a BA degree in Sociology from Boston College. She has two children with Koch and two by a previous marriage.
Dorothy lives in Bethesda, Maryland and serves with her brother, Jeb, as co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She played a major fundraising role in her brother's two presidential campaigns. She is also the author of the book My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Is George Bush's wife Mexican?
Answer: No, neither Barbara Bush or Laura Bush are Mexican.
Question: is Dorothy's husband one of the Koch brothers?
Answer: No, Dorothy's husband is not one of the Koch brothers.
The brothers' names are David (born 1940) and Charles (born 1935). Their parents were Fred and Mary Koch.
Dorothy's husband is Robert "Bobby" Koch born in 1960. His father was George William Koch.
I am unaware of any relation between the two Koch families.
Question: How many children did George and Barbara Bush have?
Answer: They had six children. Five of them reached adulthood. One child, a daughter called Robin, passed away as a child.
Question: Barbara Bush has how many grandchildren?
Answer: Mrs. Bush had 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Question: What basic information do you have about Jeb Bush?
Answer: Jeb's real name is John Ellis Bush. His nickname consists of his initials, "Jeb". He was the governor of Florida and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency.
Question: Were Barbara Bush's children at her funeral?
Answer: Yes, her children were there.
Question: Who is Robert Koch?
Answer: He is the husband of Dorothy, the daughter of George and Barbara Bush.
Question: Did George and Barbara Bush have an adopted child that they raised for a maid?
Answer: No, they did not have an adopted child. However, they did have an adopted granddaughter and grandson, children of Marvin Bush.
Question: Who are "Margaret Bush and Margaret Bush" on the invitee list to the funeral of Barbara Bush?
Answer: That entry was an error on the attendee's list for the funeral. It should have read "Marvin and Margaret Bush". Marvin is the son of Barbara Bush and Margaret is his wife.
Question: What is the birth order of the Bush children?
Answer: George W., Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy is the birth order.
Question: Is Sofia Bush related to George and Barbara Bush?
Answer: No, she is not related to the president's family.
Question: How many children do Jeb Bush and his wife have?
Answer: Jeb Bush and his wife Columba have 3 children.
Question: What number is Jeb Bush in the family?
Answer: Jeb was the third child born to George and Barbara Bush. George W. Bush was born in 1946 and Robin Bush (who is deceased) was born in 1949. Jeb was born in 1953.
Question: Did Barbara Bush have grandchildren?
Answer: Yes, she had several.
Question: What is the pattern of First Lady, Barbara Bush's, white house china?
Answer: That is a great question but I am afraid I couldn't find an answer for you. Some of the first ladies didn't order their own pattern and Barbara Bush may be one that didn't. I was in the dish room at the White House during her son's administration and I don't remember seeing a display of her china.
My favorite pattern is Hillary Clinton's china followed by Mamie Eisenhower's and Nancy Reagan's dishes. Of the older first ladies, I like Sarah Polk's pattern best. She was in the White House from 1845 to 1849.
The patterns I like least are Michelle Obama's, Rosalynn Carter's and Harriet Lane's. Harriet served as first lady for her uncle, President Buchanan. You can see a picture of her pattern in an article I wrote at https://owlcation.com/humanities/Harriet-Lane
Question: What is Barbara Bush's maiden name?
Answer: Her maiden name was Pierce.
Question: Did any of Barbara Bush's grandchildren die?
Answer: No, none of her grandchildren have died. Perhaps, you are thinking of Barbara Bush's daughter, Robin, who died when she was four-years-old.
Question: Where was the wife of Jeb Bush born?
Answer: Colomba Bush was born in Leon, Mexico.
Question: What religion was George H. W. Bush?
Answer: Bush was raised in the Episcopal Church. He supported prayer in schools and the pro-life movement.
Question: Who are the twin daughters of George W. Bush?
Answer: George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, have two twin daughters named Barbara and Jenna.
Question: How many great-grandchildren did Barbara Bush have?
Answer: Mrs. Bush had 8 great-grandchildren.
Question: Did George and Barbara Bush have an adopted daughter?
Answer: No, they did not have an adopted daughter. However, they did have an adopted granddaughter named Marshall Bush.
Question: Is the wife of Jeb Bush Hispanic?
Answer: Columba Bush, wife of Jeb Bush, was born in Mexico.
Question: Did George and Barbara Bush adopt any children?
Answer: No, they did not adopt any children. However, they did have 2 adopted grandchildren.
Question: How tall are the Bush boys?
Answer: George W. Bush is 6'0" tall and Jeb Bush is 6'3" tall. I'm sorry, I don't know the height of brothers Marvin and Neil Bush.
Question: Who is the oldest grandson of George and Barbara Bush?
Answer: George Prescott Bush, born in 1976, is the son of Jeb Bush.
Question: Why is Jeb Bush not mentioned in your article describing the Bush children?
Answer: The article is intended to give information about the lesser known children of George and Barbara Bush. Most people know about George W. and Jeb, however, the other children are not familiar to most people.
Question: Was Marvin Bush at his mom's funeral?
Answer: Yes, Marvin and his wife Margaret were at the funeral.
Question: Did George and Barbara Bush adopt a daughter?
Answer: No, they did not have an adopted daughter. However, they did have an adopted granddaughter named Marshall Bush.
Question: Were Marvin and Neil Bush at the funeral of Mrs. Barbara Bush?
Answer: Yes, they both were there. Marvin's name was incorrect on the official guest list. He and his wife, Margaret, should have both been listed. By mistake, their names were shown as Margaret and Margaret Bush.
Question: Where was Barbara Bush from?
Answer: Mrs. Bush was born in New York City and grew up in Rye, NY.
Question: What church did George and Barbara Bush attend?
Answer: They attended St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.
Question: What was Dorothy Bush's first husband's name?
Answer: The name of Dorothy's first husband was William LeBlond.
Question: What is the name of Jeb Bush's wife?
Answer: Mrs. Jeb Bush's first name is Columba.
Question: Is Jeb Bush’s wife Mexican?
Answer: She was born in Mexico but is an American citizen.
Question: How many grandchildren did Barbara Bush have?
Answer: Mrs. Bush had 14 grandchildren. George W. has 2 children, Jeb has 3, Neil has 3, Marvin has 2 and Dorothy has 4.
Thank you for your question and for reading my article.
Question: Where does Marvin Bush live now?
Question: How many grandchildren and great-grandchildren did Barbara Bush have?
Answer: George and Barbara Bush had 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
© 2012 Thelma Raker Coffone
Please Share Your Comments
kitmom on December 01, 2018:
I was under the impression that after researchers are finished with a donated body, they cremate it and return it to the family. Sometimes it takes several years. The headstone could have been placed there when they received Robins remains.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on April 25, 2018:
Pierce was Mrs. Bush's maiden name. On the gate to the grave it says Bush so it is understood that anyone buried there is a Bush.
Susan Garcia on April 24, 2018:
Why does Barbara's headstone say Pierce instead of Bush
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on April 21, 2018:
My research indicates what I wrote in the article ... Her maternal grandfather placed a small headstone for Robin in his family cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut. Many years later, the headstone was moved to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University which will be the final resting place of her parents.
Perhaps the newscasters believe that her remains are there since they saw a tombstone for her.
Great questions, thank you for asking.
Barbara on April 21, 2018:
It was nice to read about the rest of the children I never knew there were six. I think some of the things that were printed should've been omitted. It was very unnecessary. And certainly not very Christian like to disclose some personal thingsall of us live our private lives and they deserve their's is well god bless all of them
Winsor52 on April 21, 2018:
During coverage of Barbara Bush’s funeral today, it was said by multiple TV news stations said she was being laid to rest next to her daughter Robin at the plot behind the Presidential Library at Texas A&M University. You say there were no remains since her body was donated for research toward a cure for leukemia. So - which is it?
J Testa on April 21, 2018:
Boy , Even on the day of Barbara Bush's funeral ,the media has to find negative things of this family. For shame, if you are Christians.
Norma Jenkins on April 20, 2018:
Thank you for this article about the "other Bush children's. Very informative article! Have often wondered why we never heard much about the other 3 children!
Patricia oneal on April 19, 2018:
This is the first time I heard about six
Marie Penny on April 18, 2018:
My folks told me about Joe Kennedy running boot leg whiskey off shore on Long Island and selling it in N.Y. City . It seems that everyone on the island knew about it. That was how he made his money back then.
Susan Hanks on April 18, 2018:
I am wearing my mother's pearls today to honor Barbara Bush and my mother who was born in the same year. Both stong women of the highest integrity and character.
Cookie 56 on April 17, 2018:
RIP our beloved Mrs. Bush, thank you for so many years of love that you showed the nation. God Bless you and my deepest sympathy to the Bush Family. She was an awesome lady.
Catherine A Humphreys Sedalia, Mo on April 17, 2018:
May God Bless and keep each of at this time of sorrow
nanci on January 23, 2017:
wow one of the bush kids cost tax payers 1.3 billion dollars, but he only had to pay back 50,000, and got help paying it back, wow, good to have your father as president.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on October 08, 2016:
Ruth thank you for reading and commenting. You are right...Barbara would not put up with any shenanigans like that!
Ruth . Staley on October 08, 2016:
I love ALL the Bushes..no scandal that I know of but there was an ugly rumor at one time, making the rounds in Houston that the father had a mistress and he paid for her apt in Houston, etc. Makes me furious - don't you know that if such a thing had happened Barbara would have known about it and boy, would she have handled it. I admire all of them - they are a beautiful people family.y
Kathy on May 30, 2016:
Wasn't Robin beautiful!
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on November 11, 2015:
Thank you Paul for taking the time to read and comment.
Paul Chinsky on November 11, 2015:
This family is living proof that wealth and entitlement are not guaranteed builders of charactet.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on July 18, 2015:
Jackie thanks for your comments. The election is going to be interesting to say the least.
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 17, 2015:
Very interesting; I had never even considered their other children. Don't imagine George Sr will be around much longer; he seems like a very nice man to be a politician. I am not crazy about Jeb though; he somehow just does not ring true to me when he talks. He just might be our next President though; never know.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on February 13, 2015:
aesta1 I have to admit I didn't know much about them either until I researched this article. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 13, 2015:
I have to admit I didn't the other children, only George and Jeb. It is interesting to know the lives of the others.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on November 21, 2014:
Thank you for your wonderful comments sosown. Glad you liked my topic choice.
Kelly from NJ, USA on November 21, 2014:
Awesome. That is definitely a subject not usually covered, great choice of topic.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on October 21, 2014:
Thank you rasta1 for reading and commenting. Yes, they are an interesting and powerful family.
Marvin Parke from Jamaica on October 21, 2014:
I found this article very enlightening. Such a powerful family in America.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on May 28, 2014:
FlourishAnyway thanks for stopping by to read my hub and for taking the time to comment.
FlourishAnyway from USA on May 28, 2014:
Enlightening indeed ... all the connections. Sad to know about Robin. I am glad they donated her body to science.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on July 30, 2012:
Her parents were at her side when she died. I have never heard the golf rumor and truly believe that is just a rumor. I do not know the length of time between her death and the setting of the headstone. Thank you for your comments.
Iona01 on July 30, 2012:
I recently heard, after being told their daughter had died, the parents went off for a game of golf. As you state, they donated the body to research and didn't hold a memorial service or any other form of "burial". It was three years after her death that her grandparents stepped in and organized a head stone. Not exactly warm and fuzzy.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on June 26, 2012:
Many people have told me they were unaware of the George and Barbara Bush daughter that died.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on June 13, 2012:
American Romance thanks for the compliment. I will definitely look into the bootlegging Kennedys!
American Romance from America on June 13, 2012:
Very interesting hub! You seem very good at this! Write one on the Kennedy's, I would love to read about them and be sure to include how they got rich bootlegging whiskey. Many Americans do not know this about this family.
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on May 24, 2012:
weestro I thought the picture of Robin was so beautiful. Yes, very sad. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I appreciate the vote up!!
Pete Fanning from Virginia on May 24, 2012:
Very interesting read thelmac, I didn't know of Robin, very sad indeed. What an interesting family! Voted up!
Thelma Raker Coffone (author) from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on April 07, 2012:
Jean-ette thanks for your nice comments. I was happy to find the beautiful picture of the deceased Robin to share with my readers. I was fortunate to meet President George W. Bush however, I did not know about the deceased daughter of President George H. W. Bush and Barbara until I started researching this article.
Jean-ette on April 07, 2012:
Hi ThelmaC, what an interesting hub and an interesting family. So sad to loose a child, though.