Dorothy Rodham, Hillary's Mom, Dead at 92

Clinton cancels Europe trip
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2011 10:52 AM CDT
Dorothy Rodham, Hillary's Mom, Dies at 92
Then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton stands with her mother, Dorothy Rodham at a campaign event in Iowa, Dec. 7, 2007.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Dorothy Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s mother, died shortly after midnight, surrounded by her family at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, the Clinton family announced today. She was 92, and had been living with her daughter in Washington since 2006. Clinton canceled a planned trip to London and Istanbul to be with her when she fell ill last night, ABC News reports.

In its statement, the family said Rodham “overcame abandonment and hardship … to become the remarkable woman she was.” They asked well-wishers to make a donation in her name to George Washington Hospital, the Heifer Project, or a local charity of their choice. Rodham had mostly avoided the spotlight during her daughter and son-in-law’s political careers, but did appear alongside Clinton a few times during her campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2008, the AP notes. Click through the gallery for photos from Rodham's life. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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