Dorothy Rodham, the mother of Hillary Clinton, who died early Tuesday morning, has been described as a “quintessential American” in a Clinton family statement.
The Clinton Foundation shared news of her passing and released a statement that revealed Rodham had suffered many hardships as a child. Despite this, the 92-year-old had been involved in many charities up until her final years in life, such as the Heifer Project that helps neglected and mistreated children.
Secretary of State Clinton had cancelled trips to Turkey and London, where she was scheduled to attend conferences on cyber security in Afghanistan, to be at her mother’s bedside. Rodham passed away from an illness at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. shortly after midnight.
The Clinton Foundation shared news of her passing and released a statement on their website which provided some insight into Rodham’s life, who had largely stayed away from the spotlight and her daughter’s political career.
She rarely made public appearances, but joined her daughter during Clinton’s 2008 campaign to be elected as a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. Her only television interview was on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2004.
The family statement on the Clinton website revealed that Rodham “overcame abandonment and hardship” at a young age, to become “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.”
The statement also shared that Rodham supported many charities, including George Washington Hospital, where she was treated for her illness in her final years and made many friends.
The Clinton family has urged anyone willing to honor her memory to donate money to the hospital or the Heifer Project, whose mission of helping children was something Rodham had dedicated her life and knew the importance of based on her own experiences.