Things to know about former first lady Barbara Bush

The 92-year-old wife of President George H. W. Bush is now being care for at her Houston Texas home. They couple are

The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, said Sunday the 92-year-old former first lady made the decision following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors.

"One out of six Americans, literally, can not read above the fifth grade level - that's bad!", said Barbara when she made literacy her focal point while serving as First Lady of the United States. Sunday it was announced she is in failing health. 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 is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement read.

Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush and host of Fox News' "The Daily Briefing", tweeted: "Barbara Bush has taught us all so much". The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Barbara Bush eschewed dying her hair, which ultimately turned white. She was also the 33rd Second Lady of the United States during her husband's term as vice president.

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"I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago", she wrote in the life updates section for the magazine. They later moved to Houston, where he began his political career.

Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. The two were married in 1945, while George H.W. Bush was on leave as a Naval officer in World War II. Her father was the publisher of McCall's and Redbook magazines.

The couple met at a Christmas dance in 1941, when Barbara Pierce was 16 and George Bush was 17. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.

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