Well wishes pouring in for former first lady Barbara Bush
Well wishes are pouring in for former First Lady Barbara Bush on Monday after the weekend announcement of her failing health. A family statement says that she will no longer seek medical care after a "recent series of hospitalizations" that has her deciding to focus on "comfort care" in her Houston home.
Volunteers at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station are hopeful that her fighting spirit will help her battle ongoing heart problems at least a little while longer.
"So there's a lot in here, in the museum, about Barbara. It's not just about George," said Dean Thompson, a docent at the museum.
92-year-old Barbara Bush is both the wife and mother of presidents. For many, she is one of the most popular members of the famous family. After meeting her, Thompson understands why she is so well liked.
"She's just an ordinary person and treats everyone with respect," said Thompson. "Down to earth, friendly."
Thompson has been leading tours at the George H. W. Presidential Library and Museum for 10 years. He says many are enamored by the Bushes' love story. Married for 73 years they had six children and 17 grandchildren.
"One of the things they thought was most important was family and friends," said Thompson.
Barbara Bush authored four books, including a best seller about her springer spaniel, Millie. It raised over $1 million for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
"Her little puppy dogs. We used to always have so much fun with her bringing the dogs in. They were about the only ones allowed so we knew if we saw them she was on her way over here," said Ann Hays, a docent at the museum.
Hays has spent more than 7,000 hours volunteering at the museum. After observing the Bushes a number of times she understands why many consider her to be the rock of the family.
"Well, she was kind of always in charge," said Hays. "She was pretty much in charge, I'd say."
When Barbara Bush passes away she will be laid to rest directly behind the library and museum in College Station. Her daughter, Robin, died of leukemia when she was three-years-old and has already been buried there. Both the former first lady and former president George Bush want to be interred next to her.