Marian Robinson, Mother of Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Dies at 86

      Marian Robinson

      Marian Robinson, the mother-in-law of former President Barack Obama and mother of former First Lady Michelle Obama, has passed away at the age of 86. She died peacefully, as confirmed by a family statement issued by Michelle and Barack Obama, Craig Robinson and his wife, Kelly, along with Marian Robinson’s grandchildren, Avery, Leslie, Malia, Sasha, Austin, and Aaron.

      Barack Obama expressed deep sorrow over the loss, saying, “We needed her. The girls needed her. And she ended up being our rock through it all. She relished her role as a grandmother. … And although she enforced whatever household rules we’d set for bedtime, watching TV, or eating candy, she made clear that she sided with her ‘grandbabies’ in thinking that their parents were too darn strict. There was and will be only one Marian Robinson. In our sadness, we are lifted by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest of ours trying to live up to her example.”

      Marian Robinson was born in Chicago in 1937 and raised her daughter Michelle and son Craig Robinson in Chicago’s South Side. She was married to Fraser Robinson, who passed away in 1991 from sclerosis. Marian lived in Chicago her entire life until she moved to Washington, D.C., in 2009 to help care for her granddaughters, Sasha and Malia, after her son-in-law became President.

      Michelle Obama shared a heartfelt tribute, saying, “In so many ways she fostered in me a deep sense of confidence in who I was and who I could be by teaching me how to think for myself, how to use my voice, and how to understand my own worth. I simply wouldn’t be who I am today without my mom.”

      Marian Robinson became known as America’s first grandmother during Barack Obama’s presidency. She was a constant presence in the White House, attending holiday events, overseas trips, and concerts in the East Room. Most importantly, she dedicated herself to her granddaughters, providing them with love and guidance.

      Marian Robinson’s legacy is one of strength, love, and unwavering support for her family. Her life and contributions will be fondly remembered by all who knew her, and her impact on the Obama family and the nation remains profound.

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