Dorothy Rodham, the mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, passed away shortly after midnight Tuesday (Nov. 1) at the age of 92, reports MSNBC. She was surrounded by her family in Washington D.C., as Clinton had canceled a trip to London and Istanbul in order to stay with her ailing mother.
Rodham (nee Howell) was born in 1919, the daughter of a Chicago firefighter. She had a tumultuous childhood, as she and her sister Isabelle were sent to live with their paternal grandparents following their parents’ divorce in 1927. Rodham left home at 14 when she got a job as a mother’s helper to a family that provided her room and board as part of her employment.
She eventually went back to Chicago under the promise of her mother paying for her college education, which never came to fruition. But there she met Hugh E. Rodham, a traveling salesman, and the two were wed in 1942.
The Rodhams raised two sons, Hugh, 61, and Tony, 57, in addition to daughter Hillary, 64. Hugh Sr. and Dorothy moved to Little Rock, AR in 1987 to be near the Clintons and their granddaughter Chelsea. Dorothy moved in with the Clintons in Washington D.C. in 2007.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Hugh and survived by her three children and four grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham. The Clintons are planning a private memorial service.