Ailing Former First Lady Barbara Bush Halts Treatment, Is Seeking 'Comfort Care'

Barbara Bush in failing health

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health and after a series of hospitalizations, she has decided not to seek further medical treatment, a family spokesman said Sunday.

Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president.

Barbara Bush's brown hair began to gray in the 1950s while her 3-year-old daughter, Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia.

Bush, 92, will "instead focus on comfort care" for unspecified health complications, according to a statement. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement read.

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.

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President and Mrs. Bush were hospitalized in January 2017 for pneumonia and bronchitis, respectively.

Barbara and George H.W. Bush have been married for 73 years. She was also hospitalized after experiencing fatigue and coughing. 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".

"One out of six Americans, literally, can not read above the fifth grade level - that's bad!", said Barbara when she made literacy her focal point while serving as First Lady of the United States.

Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. They got engaged right before he left to fight in World War II as a Navy pilot.

Granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager posted a photo to Instagram earlier this week showing the four generations of Bush women.

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