Barbara Bush in failing health, won't seek further treatment

Barbara above in 1988 with her husband has been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure

The volunteers at the George Bush Library had nothing but kind statements for the matriarch of the family.

The former first lady also gave her name and support to Maine's only children's hospital, founded in 1985 - The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Bush, 92, will "instead focus on comfort care" for unspecified health complications, according to a statement.

The statement did not identify the nature of Mrs Bush's illness. She had heart surgery in 2009, and was operated on for an ulcer the year before.

She is only one of two first ladies in US history who was also the mother of another president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation's second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president. Her other sons, former President George W. Bush and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week. The couple had six children.

She has dedicated her life post-White House life to the cause of literacy, and she and her husband have raised more than a billion dollars for charity since they left office.

The former Barbara Pierce married George Herbert Walker Bush in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II when she was twenty years old.

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Their first daughter, Robin, died of leukemia at age 3 and is buried at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas. WATCH: What will Barbara Bush face now that she's home? .

She is the only woman to see her husband and son sworn in as US president.

She emerged as the champion of reading in America, with her literacy foundation raising more $40 million over the years. Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was attractive, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there".

She was hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017. She later said that dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the colour to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother".

They traveled to Texas where the oil business dominated, first in Midland-Odessa, later to the Houston area where George found his love for politics. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.

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