Dorothy Howell Rodham, whose daughter is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and whose son-in-law Bill Clinton was president of the United States, died early Tuesday, the Clinton family announced.
Rodham, 92, died shortly after midnight in Washington, surrounded by her family. Hillary Rodham Clinton had canceled a trip to London and Istanbul to be with her mother.
“Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself,” her family said in a statement. “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.”
The family said there will be a private celebration of her life for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations to George Washington Hospital, where she “received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project, 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.”