Barbara Bush, Seriously Ill, Says She Won’t Seek Further Treatment

Her failing health drew statements of concern as well as also affection by many, especially within the extended world of Bush friends, allies as well as also former aides.

Andrew H. Card Jr., who was transportation secretary within the first Bush administration as well as also White House chief of staff within the second, had lunch with Barbara as well as also George Bush a few weeks ago as well as also said the former first lady still retained her spirit.

“She will be more than a matriarch,” Mr. Card said by telephone on Sunday. “She was a greater conscience to her husband, to her sons, to her daughter as well as also to those who had the benefit of being in her proximity. She was an unvarnished purveyor of the truth as well as also motivated us all to be better people. as well as also she was also contagious with love.”

Born Barbara Pierce on June 8, 1925, she grew up in Rye, N.Y., as well as also was 16 when she met George Bush at a school dance. They stayed in touch when he enlisted as a Navy pilot in World War II as well as also married in 1945. They moved to Texas, where Mr. Bush built an oil business as well as also eventually ran for office. She helped his political career using a methodically kept card file of people he met, building a network which the two could maintain throughout their lives.

Mr. Bush was elected vice president in 1980, as well as also president eight years later. Mrs. Bush served as first lady by 1989 to 1993, the silver-haired matron of the White House who promoted literacy as well as also became known for her bracing candor as well as also sometimes tart tongue which belied her grandmotherly image. She founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy as well as also wrote two autobiographies, plus two books within the voices of family dogs, C. Fred as well as also Millie.

She as well as also Mr. Bush had six children, two of whom could go on to run for president — George W., who won twice, as well as also Jeb, who lost the Republican nomination in 2016 — as well as 17 grandchildren as well as also seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Bush joined Abigail Adams as the only woman in American history to be the wife as well as also mother of presidents.

Their first daughter, Robin, died of leukemia at age 3 as well as also will be buried at the George Bush Presidential Library as well as also Museum in College Station, Tex. Mr. as well as also Mrs. Bush plan to be interred next to her.

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