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

(Newser) – 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.

Then-Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton stands with her mother, Dorothy Rodham at a campaign event in Iowa, Dec. 7, 2007.
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)
In a July 14, 1992 file photo, Hillary Clinton, right, and her mother Dorothy Rodham are shown in their New York hotel room. Rodham died shortly after midnight in Washington, D.C.
In a July 14, 1992 file photo, Hillary Clinton, right, and her mother Dorothy Rodham are shown in their New York hotel room. Rodham died shortly after midnight in Washington, D.C.   (AP Photo/Ron Frehm, File)
In a Saturday, June 7, 2008 file photo, Dorothy Rodham, mother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., wipes away a tear as her daughter suspends her campaign for president.
In a Saturday, June 7, 2008 file photo, Dorothy Rodham, mother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., wipes away a tear as her daughter suspends her campaign for president.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this April 22, 2008 file photo, former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, flank Dorothy Rodham, as Hillary Clinton speaks at her Pennsylvania primary night party.
In this April 22, 2008 file photo, former President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, flank Dorothy Rodham, as Hillary Clinton speaks at her Pennsylvania primary night party.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
Hillary Clinton, her mother Dorothy Rodham and Chelsea Clinton pose during the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, NY.
Hillary Clinton, her mother Dorothy Rodham and Chelsea Clinton pose during the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, NY.   (Getty Images)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks beside Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and mother Dorothy Rodham, following her swearing-in at the State Department on February 2, 2009.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks beside Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and mother Dorothy Rodham, following her swearing-in at the State Department on February 2, 2009.   (Getty Images)
This May 1, 2008, file photo, shows Dorothy Rodham, mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton in Brownsburg, Ind.
This May 1, 2008, file photo, shows Dorothy Rodham, mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton in Brownsburg, Ind.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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