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"Our family wishes Barbara and the rest of the Bush family the best during this hard time".

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".

Most recently, she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Good Friday suffering from shortness of breath.

Mr McGrath did not provide any further information on the nature of her illness, but confirmed she is at her home in Houston.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders: "The President's and First Lady's prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time". Abigail Adams, first lady from 1797 to 1801, was a major influence on husband John Adams, the nation's second president, but died before her son, John Quincy Adams, was elected president in 1824.

While we are aware of the Parkinson's-like disease impacting her husband and 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush, there is some uncertainty surrounding the medical condition that Barbara has.

But it probably surprises no one that even now, seemingly facing the end of a remarkable life of service, that America's First Lady is concerned about those around her rather than herself.

Shortly after the Bush family released its statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the state to pray for the entire Bush family.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children.

She first met her husband-to-be at the age of 16; she was a schoolgirl and he was a student at an elite preparatory school in MA. Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was lovely, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there".

"She never was an embarrassment", Romer said.

Our media partners at WMTW spoke to store employees in downtown Kennebunkport who say they have sweet memories of her, buying candy for the secret service, and walking her dogs on the beach and that they are sad to hear the news about her health. They moved to Texas, where George Bush built an oil business and eventually ran for office. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image. Barbara Bush had bronchitis.