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Hillary Rodham Clinton's Mother Dies at 92

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s mother died shortly after midnight on Tuesday in Washington. She was 92.

Dorothy Howell Rodham, born in Chicago on June 4, 1919, was surrounded by her family when she died, according to a Clinton family statement. “Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself,” the statement read.

 

“She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was—a warm, generous, and strong woman,” the statement read.

Rodham is survived by her daughter and her son-in-law, former President Bill Clinton; her sons, Hugh and Tony Rodham; and her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham, and Simon Rodham.

“She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock [Ark.] and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs,” the statement continued.

 

President Obama offered his condolences. He called Rodham "a strong, determined, gifted person," according to pool reports.

"For her to have lived the life that she did and to see her daughter succeed in the pinnacle of public service in this country, I'm sure was deeply satisfying to her," Obama said. "My thoughts, Michelle's thoughts, the entire White House's thoughts go out to the entire Clinton family."

The family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends. Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Rodham’s memory to George Washington University Hospital, to the Heifer Project, or to a local organization that helps neglected and mistreated children.

Hillary Clinton canceled a trip to the United Kingdom and Turkey this week because her mother fell ill. Clinton was slated to attend a cybersecurity conference in London and an international meeting on Afghanistan in Istanbul this week but stayed in Washington to be with her mother. State Department officials did not reveal the nature of Dorothy Rodham's illness, the Associated Press reported.

 

The Clinton family statement follows:

 

Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919 and died shortly after midnight on November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family.  Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself.  She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was – 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.  

Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton; her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh Rodham and Maria Rodham and Tony Rodham and Megan Rodham; her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham. She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs.  

To honor Dorothy, her family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends. In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital (http://www.gwhospital.com/Donations) where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project (http://www.heifer.org/), her Christmas gift of choice in 2010 and an organization dear to her heart; or to a local organization meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children, a blight Dorothy was determined to remedy until her last day because she knew too well the pain too many children suffer.  Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.

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