Feb 19, 2016; Greenville, SC, USA; Former first lady Barbara Bush joins her son Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush (not pictured) at the Kroc Center.

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Barbara Bush, 92, Will Not Seek Medical Treatment for Health Concerns

April 16, 2018 - 7:27 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Former First lady Barbara Bush, now 92 years old, has decided to not seek additional medical treatment, and will instead focus on comfort care.

In a news release, Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath did not elaborate on her specific health issues.   

Barbara Bush gave the commencement address at St. Louis University in 1990.  

“She is a wonderful, marvelous woman with a big heart,” says KMOX political analyst and former Missouri Republican Party Chair John Hancock.

Hancock calls her the glue that held the family together and says her sense of humor will also be part of her legacy, saying she was often self-deprecating.  

“It’s a trademark that the entire family possesses. Both presidents had a great sense of humor, Bucky Bush, whose memorial service we just had in St. Louis on Saturday also has a tremendous sense of humor. That came out during the eulogies at the funeral,”

Hancock says Mrs. Bush was the moral compass of the family.

“Really a profound impact in that whole family. When you think about being the wife of a president and the mother of a president, the mother of a governor, it’s a remarkable legacy,” he says.

Hancock adds that President George W. Bush was in St. Louis over the weekend for a memorial for his uncle William "Bucky" Bush who died in February.