Former First Lady Barbara Bush is "in failing health", says family spokesperson

Former First Lady Barbara Bush is

Sons Neil and Marvin and daughter Doro are also by their mother's side at the Bush residence.

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, now the everlasting U.S. consultant to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, described Bush as "certainly one of America's most-loved ladies", whereas "The View" co-host Meghan McCain referred to as her "a girl of nice energy, patriotism and an iconic first girl of our occasions who has touched and impressed numerous lives". McGrath said both are "calling constantly" for updates.

Mrs Bush, the oldest living former first lady, is surrounded by her family after deciding not to return to hospital following a series of recent hospitalisations.

Bush is the only living wife of one former President and the mother of another former President. Their marriage is the longest of any first couple in US history.

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Barbara and George Bush, whose 94 and has battled hospitalizations of his own in recent years, celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January and their remarkable love story has inspired many.

Throughout a long life in the public eye, Bush was a fierce advocate for her husband and sons, including former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Mrs. Bush is widely known in Colorado and across the country for her work to promote literacy.

Margot Bledsoe, a volunteer at the museum for the past 15 years, commented after hearing the news, "I am very sad for her".

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"Also, George Bush has given me the world", she continued. "He's one of the best - considerate and loving", she mentioned.

"Here's to Barbara Bush-an American icon and Texas legend". They moved to Texas, where George Bush built an oil business and eventually ran for office. She was being treated for bronchitis while he was admitted for a bout of pneumonia. I have the fondest memories of reading to my children when they were young - the smallest on my lap, a couple of others nestled on my knee... "You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent". Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s when Robin became ill.

"She is more than a matriarch", Card said by telephone Sunday.

The foundation has awarded more than $40 million to 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.

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