Barbara Bush, the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, has died at age 92. The former first lady went home from the hospital on Sunday after announcing she would no longer seek medical treatments for Graves’ disease. Instead, Bush opted to spend her remaining time at home, with family.
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others.”
“She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” it continued.
Barbara and George H.W. Bush were married in 1945. She was 19 at the time. The couple has six children.
“The Bushes have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history and Barbara Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president,” Fox writes. “The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.”
Prayers going up for a woman of great faith, great strength, and an unwavering love of country. Our country is better because of former First Lady Barbara Bush ❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/pewdIu2hjr
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April 15, 2018
Barbara has been a constant force in her her husband’s political career. Writing for the Smith College’s alumnae magazine in March, Bush said she is “still old and still in love with the man.”
Thoughts with one of America's most loved women , former First Lady Barbara Bush. Her health has been deteriorating and I join thousands in hoping she is comfortable and knows how loved she is throughout the world! 🇱🇷
— Kay Bailey Hutchison (@kaybaileyhutch) April 15, 2018
“I have had great medical care and more operations than you would believe. I’m not sure God will recognize me; I have so many new body parts! Also, George Bush has given me the world. He is the best — thoughtful and loving,” she added.
I am sending all my love and prayers to the entire Bush family today – Barbara Bush is a woman of great strength, patriotism and an iconic first lady of our times who has touched and inspired countless lives.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 15, 2018
George H.W. Bush, now 94-years-old, has had health problems of his own. He has suffered recurring bouts of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He also has complications from Parkinson’s disease.