Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, dies at 86

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Marian Robinson, who was the mother of former US First Lady Michelle Obama, has passed away at the age of 86. Her family shared that she passed away “peacefully” on Friday morning. During Barack Obama’s presidency from 2009 to 2017, Robinson was a well-known figure at the White House.

She dedicated much of her time to caring for her granddaughters, Malia and Sasha, the daughters of Michelle and Barack Obama. Michelle Obama expressed in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) that her mother was her unwavering support, always there whenever she needed her. She described her as a constant pillar for the entire family, and they are deeply saddened by her passing.

Barack Obama also paid tribute to Marian Robinson, stating that there was and will only be one Marian Robinson. He highlighted the remarkable gift of her life and emphasized their commitment to living up to her example. No specific details about the cause of her death were provided. Marian Robinson, born in 1937, grew up in Chicago as one of seven siblings. She originally pursued a career in teaching before working as a secretary.

Together with her husband Frasier Robinson, she raised Michelle and their son Craig on Chicago’s South Side. The Obama family acknowledged her as their refuge during unexpected challenges, including Barack Obama’s historic election night in 2008 when he became the first African-American president of the United States. An image captured on that significant night showed Robinson sitting beside her son-in-law, witnessing the historic moment together.

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