Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of U.S., in Failing Health: Family Spokesperson

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush has been battling health issues, but will no longer seek medical treatment. The former first lady is focused on "comfort care".

She has always been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families, as the wife of a president, the mother of another, George W. Bush, and the mother also of a former Florida governor and onetime presidential aspirant, Jeb Bush.

The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. "Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so numerous other problems facing our society", she wrote in her 1994 memoir. McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates. She was also Second Lady from 1981 until 1989 while her husband served as vice president in Ronald Reagan's administration. But he has been well enough to make recent public appearances, incuding RodeoHouston. She is the mother of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States.

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He did not elaborate as to the nature of Mrs Bush's health problems. He is 93 years old and also has been in failing health in recent years. Her son George said that a "crowning achievement" of his father, who was fond of coming up with nicknames for friends and family, was anointing Barbara, "The Silver Fox". "He is the best - thoughtful and loving".

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. Bush read a children's book and introduced the patients to her dog during the visit. They got engaged right before he left to fight in World War II as a Navy pilot.

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