Lenore Romney, the ex-governor's wife and Republican U.S. Senate candidate who suffered a stroke last week, remained in critical condition Tuesday, a hospital official said.

Romney, 89, has been in poor health in recent years. She had a stroke Thursday at her Bloomfield Hills home and was admitted Friday to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak."The prognosis by Mrs. Romney's doctors is described as poor," the family said Monday in a news release. It said her children and other relatives were gathering in Michigan.

"Our family thanks you on our mother's behalf for your prayers and kind messages," said son Scott Romney, a Republican candidate for Michigan attorney general.

Born Lenore Lafount in Logan on Nov. 9, 1908, she graduated from George Washington University in 1929, then studied at the American Laboratory School of Theater in New York.

She and fellow Utahn George Romney wed in 1931. They were married for 64 years until Romney's death at the age of 88 in in 1995. The Romneys had two daughters and two sons.

George Romney served as chairman and president of American Motors Corp. from 1954 to 1962, when he was elected governor. He unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 1968, then resigned as governor in 1969 to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Richard Nixon.

Lenore Romney won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1970 but lost in the general election to Democrat Philip Hart.