Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham, dies at 92

Posted By on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

DOROTHY RODHAM
  • DOROTHY RODHAM

Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, died this morning. She's well-remembered in Little Rock as a friendly Hillcrest neighbor, a proud mother and warm grandmother. She'd been living at the Clinton home in Washington since leaving Little Rock. She was 92. Biography here. She'd been ill and Hillary Clinton had cancelled an overseas trip to be with her mother.

A condolence book will be opened shortly at the Clinton Presidential Center. There will be a private memorial service. Memorials may be made to George Washington Hospital or Heifer International or a local organization that helps neglected and mistreated children.

The family's statement follows:

Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919 and died shortly after midnight on November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family. Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself. She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton; her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh Rodham and Maria Rodham and Tony Rodham and Megan Rodham; her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham. She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs.

To honor Dorothy, her family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends. In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital (http://www.gwhospital.com/Donations) where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project (http://www.heifer.org/), her Christmas gift of choice in 2010 and an organization dear to her heart; or to a local organization meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children, a blight Dorothy was determined to remedy until her last day because she knew too well the pain too many children suffer. Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.

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