Friends, Bracing For Goodbye, Look Back On Barbara Bush\'s \'Lifelong Love\' With Husband George

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Sharing a story about the time Barbra broke her ankle while sledding at Camp David, Schwarzenegger said she always put others first.

“She refused to let any of us go with her to the hospital and demanded that we keep enjoying ourselves,” he tweeted. “That’s Barbara in a nutshell, and I can imagine her saying the same thing right now. Barbara, your friendship means the world to me. Thank you for your never-ending inspiration.”

The Bushes’ longtime friend Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, who was White House counsel to the former president, agrees that Mrs. Bush, 92, is “the glue that holds the family together” and adds that “she was enormously helpful to President Bush when he was president.”

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George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush with their family at the White House in 1989

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush with their family at the White House in 1989

In a statement Sunday from the office of the former president, a spokesperson said that “following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.”

The statement continued, “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving.”

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Barbara Bush’s granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager said Monday that her grandmother was in “great spirits” in the wake of the announcement.

“We are grateful for her,” said an emotional Jenna in an interview with NBC News’ Today. “She the best grandma anybody could have ever had — or have.”

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George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush

Jenna added that her grandmother is “with my grandpa, the man she’s loved for over 73 years and they are surrounded by family.”

“I think fact they are together in this and he still says ‘I love you Barbie’ every night is pretty remarkable,” she said.

In a previous interview from January 2017, as the couple celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, Sununu told PEOPLE that the Bushes’ love for each other was always evident to those around them. “They are warm and considerate and really just wonderful people,” he said at the time.

Steinroeder tells PEOPLE today that she believes the former president’s faith will get him through this difficult time.

“I am sure it is devastating for him, but I will say they are people of exceptional faith,” she says.

Though Mrs. Bush has apparently left her fate in God’s hands as she transitions to comfort care, Gray says he believes she is “not quite ready to sign off.”

“She’s still answering all of her phone calls herself,” he says with a laugh.

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