Sad News: Barbara Bush Won't Seek Further Treatment As Health Fails

Former first lady Barbara Bush, the mother of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, stands outside of Eastlan Baptist Church, a polling location in Greenville, South Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, who has suffered increasing failing health, won’t seek further treatment.

“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,” a statement from the office of George H.W. Bush said Sunday. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”


Mrs. Bush became the second woman in American history to be both the wife and mother of United States presidents — Abigail Adams was the one and only prior to George W. Bush’s election. Which, despite that being a good thing, has made her something of an enduring image in American politics in the decades before and since the millennium.


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