With hair that had turned white prematurely, Bush was known by family members as the "Silver Fox".
While serving as first lady in the 1990s, she established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, with the aim to "Advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home".
She has been in declining health for some time and on Sunday, the Bush family spokesperson announced that the Bush matriarch is no longer receiving medical treatment.
Jim McGrath, a family spokesman, said that after being admitted to hospital several times she had decided "not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care". Bush's health is exacerbated because she has the heart condition as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which affects the lungs. "It is not going to shock those that know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock within the face of her failing well being, worrying not for herself - because of her abiding religion - however for others", the assertion learn. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
Romer served as governor during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.
Barbara Bush's health is rapidly declining, according to a statement from the office of her husband of 73 years, President George H.W. Bush.
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Bush's triple-strand false pearl necklace sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband's inauguration in 1989.
Household of the previous first girl say Barbara Bush has determined towards in search of any extra medial assist.
Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived United States president. In many ways, she is America's grandmother - the rare figure who transcended politics and all the infighting. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image. George and Barbara Bush plan to be interred next to her.
Democratic US Representative for New York Sean Patrick Maloney said: "Barbara Bush was a graceful first lady who has dedicated her life to improving education and promoting literacy".
The Maine Medical Center's children's hospital in Portland bears Barbara Bush's name. They moved to Texas, where George Bush built an oil business and eventually ran for office. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.