Rochester political leaders speak highly of Barbara Bush

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".

Bush, 92, will instead focus on receiving "comfort care", the statement said.

The spokesman for Barbara Bush announced Sunday the former first lady has made a decision to end medical treatment for a life-threatening illness. In 2000, her son George W. Bush, then the governor of Texas, was elected president.

McGrath did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health problems but on Monday said she's suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to remarks during the christening ceremony of the USS George H.W. Bush at Northrop-Grumman's shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, U.S., October 7, 2006. Those include the Maine Literacy Volunteers, the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and the University of New England's George and Barbara Bush Center in Biddeford.

The 92-year-old matriarch of the Bush family has been in and out of the hospital several times over the last year.

"I'll always remember how sort she was to me each time we met, and the way fondly the White Home workers at all times spoke of her", she added.

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Mrs Bush is the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as USA president.

Her husband, the 41st US president, is 93 years old.

With hair that had turned white prematurely, Bush was known by family members as the "Silver Fox". Asked in 2010 about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin - who sought the vice presidency in 2008 - Mrs.

Mr and Mrs Bush have been married for 73 years and are grandparents and great-grandparents.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has distributed tens of millions of dollars in grants.

She was hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017.

  • Adam Floyd