Gayle Benson

Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is attending the team's Saturday game in Portland against the Portland Trail Blazers

New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson released a statement on Monday afternoon extending her thoughts to former First Lady Barbara Bush and the rest of the Bush family. 

News broke over the weekend that Bush, 92, is in failing health and has decided not to seek further medical treatment. 

“I extend my thoughts and prayers to Barbara Bush and the entire Bush family on behalf of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans," Benson wrote. "Mrs. Bush is a special woman who has filled several important roles; as a First Lady with class, grace and strength with a strong commitment towards the causes of literacy and education, as a devoted wife to President Bush and as the proud matriarch of the Bush family."

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