Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

Published: Apr. 15, 2018 at 12:23 PM MDT
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UPDATE 5:40 p.m. 4/17/18:

Former first lady Barbara Bush has died. She was 92.

A family spokesman says she died Tuesday.

The snowy-haired Mrs. Bush was one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

Mrs. Bush's plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband. She brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles.

She married George H.W. Bush in 1945. They had six children and were married longer than any presidential couple in American history.


ORIGINAL STORY 5:40 p.m. 4/15/18:

A family spokesperson says former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and will no longer be seeking medical treatment.

The Bush family matriarch is focusing on comfort care, her office said in a statement, adding that Bush had been through a "series" of hospitalizations before making this decision.

The office did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health issues.

The full statement is below:

"Following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. 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."