Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of U.S., in Failing Health: Family Spokesperson

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

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum led tributes to former first lady Barbara Bush Sunday after a spokesman announced the 92-year-old was in "failing health".

Following news Sunday morning that former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, would be foregoing future medical treatment CBS News erroneously published her obituary, the Sacramento Bee first reported.

"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself - thanks to her abiding faith, but for others", the statement reads. Bush as she is surrounded by family.

Mrs Bush played an active role whilst first lady, championing the cause of adult literacy among others.

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Barbara Bush visits during round 2 of the 2016 Champions Tour Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas. The two were married in 1945, while George H.W. Bush was on leave as a Naval officer in World War II. Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president, John Adams, and mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. He also told her that she made his life full of everything he could ever dream of. "Focusing on the family is the best place to start to make this country more literate, and I still feel that being more literate will help us solve so numerous other problems facing our society", she wrote in her 1994 memoir. "He is the best - thoughtful and loving".

Barbara Bush was born Barbara Pierce in 1925 in Rye, New York, the third child of Pauline and Marvin Pierce, a magazine executive. She has been seen less frequently in public in recent months, although she continued to attend Houston Astros games.

They had six children but daughter Robin died of leukemia at the age of 4. Their marriage is the longest of any first couple in US history. She later said dyed hair didn't look good on her and credited the color to the public's perception of her as "everybody's grandmother".

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