Monday, November 3, 2008

Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama's Grandmother, Dies At 86

Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother, lost her battle with cancer today. She was 86 years old, and one day shy of seeing her grandson elected President of the United States.

The Washington Post:

The campaign released a statement from Obama and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng this afternoon:

"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."

I wish she could have seen her grandson win the presidency tomorrow. My condolences to Sen. Obama and his family.

"While we live, let us love, for there is so little time."

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