Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Mainers react to Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Mainers react to Former First Lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Family, friends, politicians and admirers of Mrs. She is at her home in Houston with family members by her side, according to sources close to the Bush family.

Bush's office released a statement, confirming after a "recent series of hospitalizations", she has decided against seeking additional medical help and will instead focus on "comfort care".

Longtime Republican political consultant Rick Wilson described Bush as "an icon" whose "fierce love for her family transcended politics".

Barbara Bush is in failing health and after a series of hospitalizations she's declining further medial treatment at age 92.

Over her decades in the public spotlight, Mrs Bush became a renowned and respected philanthropist and a keen advocate for literacy. She had heart surgery in 2009, and was operated on for an ulcer the year before.

"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of failing health, worrying not for herself ― thanks to her abiding faith ― but for others".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump and his wife Melania's "prayers are with all of the Bush Family during this time". Abigail Adams, first lady from 1797 to 1801, was a major influence on husband John Adams, the nation's second president, but died before her son, John Quincy Adams, was elected president in 1824.

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As first lady, Mrs Bush was a popular national figure known for her sometimes blunt talk and self-deprecating humour.

Shortly after the Bush family released its statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the state to pray for the entire Bush family.

Sons George and Jeb have visited her in the past week. Bush and President Bush live their lives always putting others first.

She founded the Florida-based Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

"She never was an embarrassment", Romer said.

Barbara Bush was born Barbara Pierce in 1925 in Rye, New York, the third child of Pauline and Marvin Pierce, a magazine executive.

After the war ended the couple moves around the United States before settling in Midland, Texas, as Mr Bush pursued a career in the oil industry and eventually in politics. Barbara Bush was hospitalized 2017 after due to fatigue and coughing. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.

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