Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek additional treatment

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek additional treatment

She was only the second first lady in American history whose her son also ascend to the nation's highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, held back tears as she talked about her grandmother's health on the "Today" show, where she is a correspondent, on Monday.

The 92-year-old mother of former President George W. Bush and wife of former President George H.W. Bush has recently been in and out of the hospital receiving treatment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide. In Jan. 2017, they were both hospitalized for separate health issues and were unable to attend President Trump's inauguration.

NEW YORK - Former first lady Barbara Bush has died "peacefully in her sleep", a spokesman for the Bush family said she died on Sunday evening. McIngvale, recognized for his charity work particularly after Hurricane Harvey, called Barbara Bush a force for good. "But we will be with you and the country in spirit". She's the best grandmother that anybody could ever have.

Barbara Bush has touched a lot of lives through her charitable works over the years and inspired others. She's been an inspiration for my family.

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Barbara Bush first met her husband-to-be at the age of 16; she was a schoolgirl and he was a student at an elite preparatory school in MA. Man at left is unidentified. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck.

A version of the necklace, "the famous triple strand, hand-knotted on a gold-toned clasp", was even available for $125 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University.

Bush married George H.W. Bush on January 6, 1945. "She is gracious, and interested in everyone", he said Sunday.

Barbara Bush kept her sarcasm under wraps in public, though one noted slip came in 1984 when her husband was running for re-election as vice president with President Ronald Reagan. "I've never said that about anyone before", he said.

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