Things to know about former first lady Barbara Bush

Former first lady Barbara Bush's health is failing and she will not seek additional medical care, a spokesman for the Bush family said Sunday.

McGrath said Mrs. Bush spent two days at Methodist Hospital earlier this month but decided not to return there when her health began to deteriorate.

Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

"Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs".

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"She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement added. George H.W. Bush, who has a form of Parkinson's disease and has suffered from respiratory difficulties, spent two weeks at Houston Methodist Hospital a year ago during a bout with pneumonia. She had been treated in the past for the thyroid ailment known as Graves' disease. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

She has dedicated her life post-White House life to the cause of literacy, and she and her husband have raised more than a billion dollars for charity since they left office. Bush had been hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017. 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".

The couple met at a Christmas dance in 1941, when Barbara Pierce was 16 and George Bush was 17.

She married George HW Bush in 1945.

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