Obama’s Grandmother Passes Away
Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise Barack Obama, and whom he credits with instilling him with his core values, has lost her battle with cancer. When she was reported gravely ill two weeks ago, Obama suspended campaigning to visit her in Hawaii.
Obama with his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii in 1979 during his high school graduation
Statement from Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro-Ng (Obama’s half-sister) on the Death of Their Grandmother
It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. She was the cornerstone of our family, and a woman of extraordinary accomplishment, strength, and humility. She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and left this world with the knowledge that her impact on all of us was meaningful and enduring. Our debt to her is beyond measure.
Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.
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