Obama’s Grandmother Dies…


Barack Obama’s grandmother dies


Barack Obama with his maternal grandparents Stanley and Madelyn Dunham Photo: Reuters

Madelyn Dunham, 86, was ill with cancer


The Associated Press
Mon., Nov. 3, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Barack Obama’s ailing grandmother died Monday in Hawaii, a day before Obama was to stand election for the presidency, his campaign announced.


Madelyn Payne Dunham was 86.


The Democratic presidential candidate announced the news in a joint statement with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng. The statement said Dunham died peacefully after a battle with cancer.


Obama last saw her on Oct. 23-24 when he took a break from campaigning and flew home to visit her.


“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,” Obama said in a statement. “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.


The candidate learned of her death Monday morning while he was campaigning in Jacksonville, Florida. He planned to go ahead with campaign appearances.



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