She was first woman ever elected to the Columbia, Mo., City Council and a fixture for decades in Missouri Democratic politics. She appeared in a campaign ad for her daughter during her successful 2006 race and campaigned with McCaskill until her health prevented her from doing so this year.
McCaskill, who is running for reelection against Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., suspended campaign activities this week to join her mother in the hospital.
Below is a statement from issued by McCaskill's campaign:
I am very sad to announce today the passing of my mother, Betty Anne McCaskill. For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest. People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated. Mom never met a stranger and lived life with enthusiasm that none of us could match. We were incredibly lucky to have a mother like her, a woman of great intellect and strength, who loved and nurtured, challenged and pushed, and was always there with wise counsel and great humor. While we know she's finally at peace, our family and her friends will all miss her so very much. Her death creates a hole in my life that will never be filled.
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