Dorothy Rodham – Dorothy Rodham passed away at the age of 92.
The mother of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, died today in Washington. Rodham died shortly after midnight at George Washington University Hospital surrounded by relatives, according to a statement from the Clinton family.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter; her son-in-law, former U.S. President Bill Clinton; her sons, Hugh and Tony Rodham, and their wives, Maria and Megan; and four grandchildren, including Chelsea Clinton.
President Barack Obama today called Rodham “someone who helped make a difference in this country and in this world.”
“To see her daughter succeed in the pinnacle of public service in this country, I’m sure was deeply satisfying to her,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.
Dorothy Rodham, a Chicago homemaker who was known as a private person, campaigned for her daughter’s presidential bid in December 2007 in Iowa.
She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become “a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother,” the family’s statement said.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations in Rodham’s memory be made to George Washington University Hospital, to the Heifer Project or to any local organization dedicated to neglected or mistreated children.
Secretary Clinton last night canceled a planned trip this week to London and Istanbul to be with her mother.