The first lady of Colorados: She cleans, bathes, and dresses with a feminine touch
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SAN JOSE — The first Lady of Coloradans is back in town, and it’s time for a little cleaning and bathing.
It’s a tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s when her husband, George, and two daughters, Frances and Grace, lived in Santa Fe.
When Frances died of tuberculosis in 1910, George took her body back to Los Angeles and laid her on the grass on her grave, then she was buried with a smile.
His daughters were not too pleased.
They called her “the woman of the house.”
The first lady was known for her long white hair, which fell to her shoulders and down to her hips.
The style was so long that it sometimes became part of the attire of guests in her home.
She wore the traditional white dress, and she was known to walk with a cane.
Her husband was known as the “Greatest Father” and “Great-Grandfather” of his daughters.
He would often be seen playing golf in his tennis shoes, while his daughters would be playing volleyball, and Grace would always be the one who would sit on his lap when he played.
“The house had been remodeled.
There was a huge garden, a new gym, and new bathrooms,” said Nancy Lofthouse, a professor of history at Santa Fe College who studies First Ladies.
“We know that they were all dressed very femininely.”
She added that she and her husband would “walk around the house with their hands outstretched to show that we were women of style.”
During World War I, the First Lady’s husband, President Theodore Roosevelt, was shot and killed in a raid on the White House.
His widow, Frances, went to work for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Her husband, after the war, went into business as a newspaperman and later became the president of the American Medical Association.
During the 1940s, the family moved to the Santa Fe area, where the first ladies remained for nearly a decade, while George moved to Washington.
The First Ladies’ favorite dish, the salami, was often served on the porch.
But it was not until 1959 that the White house’s new president, Lyndon Johnson, called the First Ladies to the Oval Office.
After the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the first lady asked that her husband be given the title of “first lady of the United States.”
In 1968, President George H.W. Bush became the first African-American president.
When he won the election in 2000, his wife, Barbara Bush, gave him a gift — a $100,000 house in Florida, complete with pool, a large living room, and a Jacuzzi in the master bedroom.
In 2006, the United Nations launched a study on First Ladies, with researchers looking at whether they had helped in the fight against poverty.
They found that the average First Lady in the United Kingdom had $5,000 in savings, compared with $8,000 for the average African-Caribbean First Lady.
She also had less time with her children, with the average age of the children of First Ladies being 40 years younger than the average American First Lady, according to a study by the Brookings Institution.
There are many reasons that First Ladies are known for their feminine style.
First Ladies have been known to spend time with their children and grandchildren, who can be seen as “nontraditional family,” said Barbara Wertheim, professor of politics at the University of Southern California.
They can also be seen wearing the traditional red and white dress and wearing jewelry.
And they are often seen with their daughters in the same attire, said Wertheimer.
Barbara Bush’s daughters, Barbara, Nancy, and Lila, have been photographed in traditional First Lady attire.
Many of the First Moms are known to be philanthropists, with Lila being a major supporter of the National Endowment for the Arts and her daughter, Nancy Breen, the chair of the New York Academy of Sciences.
For Barbara Bush to wear the dress that she wore during her visit to Haiti, the Bush children and Barbara Bush wanted to have the costume made by a local artist, said Barbara Bush in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the First Family did not respond to requests for comment.
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