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Beloved Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s Mother, Passes Away at 86

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama has shared heartbreaking news.

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Marian Robinson, the mother-in-law of former President Obama and mother of Michelle Obama, passed away at the age of 86, as reported by NBC News on the 31st of last month.

The bereaved family, including Obama and his wife, shared in a statement, “She passed peacefully this morning, and right now, none of us are quite sure how exactly we’ll move on without her.”

“We needed her. The girls needed her. And she ended up being our rock through it all,” they said.

“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.”

Born in 1937, Robinson lived in Chicago until she moved into the White House in 2009 after her son-in-law, Barack Obama, won the 2008 U.S. presidential election. She moved in to help care for her granddaughters, Malia and Sasha, who were 10 and 7 years old at the time.

In a previous CBS interview, she explained her decision to move to Washington, D.C., noting that she was concerned about the challenges her daughter and son-in-law might face and the safety of her granddaughters. She stated that these concerns were the reasons for her relocation.

Robinson stayed in the White House throughout Obama’s presidency (2009-2017). However, she led a quiet life away from the public eye.

She often participated in weekend events and traveled abroad but spent most of her time with her granddaughters.

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