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Barbara Bush in declining health, seeks only ‘comfort care’

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/16/18, 11:04 am

Members of the Bush family voiced thanks for the nation’s prayers Monday following the news that former first lady Barbara Bush will not seek further treatment for unspecified health problems. “She’s a fighter. She’s an enforcer,” said Jenna Bush Hager, using the family’s nickname for her grandmother. “We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she is in it.” Family spokesman Jim McGrath announced Sunday that Bush, 92, had returned to her Houston home to focus on “comfort care.” He did not elaborate on her condition. “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,” he said. Bush married George H.W. Bush on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in U.S. history. She is one of only two first ladies to also be mother to a president.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • Clint Williams
    Posted: Mon, 04/16/2018 02:11 pm

    Barbara has lived an admirable life and will leave behind an impressive legacy.

    For those interested in presidential trivia, Abigail Smith Adams is the woman who shares the distinction mentioned in Leigh's last sentence. Abigail was the wife of John Adams, second US president, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, sixth US president. Also, in a delightful tongue-twister of trivia, since her husband was the first vice president and the second president, she was the "first Second Lady and the second First Lady."