Madelyn Dunham Is Obama’s Grandmother

November 3, 2008
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Madelyn Dunham is Obama’s grandmother. She recently died after becoming very ill. Obama suspended his campaign to be by her side in Hawaii. Read her biography and see photos and video here.




Madelyn Dunham is Obama’s grandmother, who died after a long illness. Details about her health were not disclosed. . Obama changed his schedule on Thursday and Friday to spend some time with her. He canceled events in Madison, Wisconsin and Des Moines, Iowa to make the trip to Honolulu.




Madelyn Dunham Biography

Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham was born on October 26, 1922, in Peru, Kansas. She is the maternal grandparent of Barack Obama. She married Stanley Armour Dunham in 1940. She attended the University of Washington as well as UC Berkeley working several jobs in between. After moving to Hawaii she began working for the Bank of Hawaii where she later became the bank’s first female vice-president.

Madelyn Dunham raised Obama from the age of ten in their Honolulu, Hawaii apartment, where she still resides today. She was “one of the most important people in his life, “ and in a campaign advertisement Obama said she “taught me values straight from the Kansas heartland.�? Mrs. Dunham fell ill and was released from hospital late last week. But her health had deteriorated “to the point where her situation is very serious.”

Obama’s wife, Michelle, is set to campaign for her husband in Ohio, while the Democratic nominee is expected to resume campaigning on Saturday.

Check out family photos of Obama and his grandparents here.

Update: Sadly Obama’s grandmother died, just a few days before the election. She lost her battle with cancer, while resting peacefully in her home. Obama was visibly upset at a Charlotte rally today, where he talked a bit about his grandmother:

“Some of you heard that my grandmother who helped raise me passed away early this morning,” he said. “I’m not going to talk about it too long because it’s hard for me to talk about. She was one of those quiet heroes that we have all across America, they’re not famous, their names aren’t in the newspaper but each and every day they work hard, they look after their families, they sacrifice for their children and their grandchildren.”


Madelyn Dunham Video






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