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R.I.P. “Toot.” (October 26, 1922 – November 3, 2008)

November 3, 2008

Barack Obama found out this morning that his grandmother has died in the last days of his campaign for president, Carrie Budoff Brown reports.

A statement from Obama and his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng:

It is with great sadness that we announce that our grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died peacefully after a battle with cancer. 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. 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.

Our family wants to thank all of those who sent flowers, cards, well-wishes, and prayers during this difficult time. It brought our grandmother and us great comfort. Our grandmother was a private woman, and we will respect her wish for a small private ceremony to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to any worthy organization in search of a cure for cancer.

We were hoping she would make it to Election Day, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.  Our thoughts and prayers go to Barack Obama and his family during these difficult times.

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  1. obamasupporter2009 permalink
    November 4, 2008 3:44 pm

    There’s a memorial page hosted by the American Cancer Society if anyone wants to leave their thoughts or make a donation in her memory.

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