On Sunday night, family members as well as longtime caregivers and a priest gathered at his Toluca Lake home as the comedian slipped away.
"He really left us with a smile on his face and no last words.... He gave us each a kiss and that was it," she said.
MSNBC, co-owned by his longtime employer NBC, first broke the news of his death Monday morning.
Approachable by Public and Press
For all his fame, he was approachable by both public and press, arranging interviews during busy schedules and never turning away a request for an autograph.
But it was during the war years that the indefatigable comic made himself the most available — to the men and women on the fighting fronts and to the wounded in military hospitals.
Novelist John Steinbeck, writing for the New York Herald Tribune in 1943, described a Hope visit to a hospital during World War II:
"Probably the most difficult, the most tearing thing of all is to be funny in a hospital.... In the long aisles of pain the men lie, with their eyes turned inward on themselves....
"Bob Hope and his company come into this quiet, inward, lonesome place, gently pull the minds outward and catch the interest, and finally bring laughter up out of the black water."
Steinbeck wrote about the efforts of Frances Langford to sing in one hospital and how, when one of the wounded soldiers began to cry, she broke down and couldn't go on.
"Then Hope walked into the aisle between the beds, and he said seriously: 'Fellows, the folks at home are having a terrible time about eggs. They can't get any powdered eggs at all. They've got to use the old-fashioned kind you break open.'
"There's a man for you," Steinbeck concluded. "There is really a man."
Times staff writers Paul Brownfield and Susan King contributed to this report.