Former First Lady Barbara Bush's health is failing, and she has opted to no longer be hospitalized, a family spokesman announced Sunday.
Barbara has also been a fierce protector and advocate for her family, most recently, helping her son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, with his presidential campaign in 2016.
The spokesman said Bush is "surrounded by a family she adores" and appreciates the messages and prayers she's received.
It said that Mrs Bush, after consulting with relatives and doctors, had made a decision to "focus on comfort care" at the family home in Houston.
She married George H.W. Bush in 1945. She was also diagnosed with Graves' disease in the 1980s.
Bush became a leading literacy advocate while still First Lady, which she's continued in the 25 years since the couple left the White House. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. 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. They later moved to Houston, where he began his political career.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said he was "praying" for Bush and her family and called her "a special woman, whose great faith and love for her country inspires us all".
Just this month, the former first lady wrote about her husband in a note for the spring edition of Smith College's alumnae magazine.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born in Rye, New York. The Bushes, who have been married for 73 years, also have 4 other children. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide.