"Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs".
It said that Mrs Bush, after consulting with relatives and doctors, had chose to "focus on comfort care" at the family home in Houston.
"I had the good fortune to have a quiet dinner with her and the president a couple of weeks ago and she was very, very frail then, and so I'm not surprised that she's taken a turn for the worse".
Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, according to a family spokesperson.
Former first lady Barbara Bush claps and former president George H.W. Bush salutes as the Memorial Day Parade in Kennebunkport goes by Monday, May 29, 2017.
Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that "Mrs".
McGrath did not elaborate on the nature of Bush's health problems but on Monday said she's suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Her other sons, former President George W Bush and former Governor Jeb Bush, have been in and out visiting her the past week. She and Abigail Adams are the only women to be married to a President and also give birth to another.
She has dedicated her life post-White House life to the cause of literacy, and she and her husband have raised more than a billion dollars for charity since they left office.
McGrath also said that Bush even now, is concerned more for her family than herself.
George H W Bush, the nation's 41st president, has also suffered health issues, and spent a period in intensive care for pneumonia previous year. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorised scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.