Former first lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in "failing health" over the weekend, is in "great spirits" and the family is grateful for "everybody's prayers and thoughts", her granddaughter said Monday.
Her 93-year-old husband, the nation's 41st president who served from 1989 to 1993, also has had health issues in recent years. She is only the second first lady in American history whose son also ascended to the nation's highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Barbara Bush has always been considered the rock at the center of one of America's most prominent political families, as the wife of a president, the mother of another, George W. Bush, and the mother also of a former Florida governor and onetime presidential aspirant, Jeb Bush.
"She is surrounded by a family she adores and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving", the statement added.
"Barbara and I are so sorry we can't be there for your inauguration on January 20th". The couple had six children.
In a statement, the spokesman said Bush, 92, would instead focus on "comfort care" after consulting with doctors and family members.
Her husband, the 41st USA president, is 93 years old.
McGrath said Bush was concerned more for her family than herself.
President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement on Sunday evening that "the president's and first lady's prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time".
Bush was briefly hospitalized past year for bronchitis. He has a form of Parkinson's disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.
Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. She and George H.W. Bush married when she was 19 and while he was a young naval aviator.
Along with her memoirs, she's the author of "C. Fred's Story" and "Millie's Book", based on the lives of her dogs. Bush told an interviewer, "I sat next to her once, thought she was lovely, and I think she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there".