Remembering Marian Sheilds Robinson - Michelle Obamas Mother

Published on 1 June 2024 at 07:41

Marian Shields Robinson: A Guiding Light and First Grandma

     Marian Lois Shields Robinson (1937–2024) was more than just the mother of Michelle Obama; she was an extraordinary woman who played a crucial role in the lives of her family and the nation. Born on Chicago’s South Side, Marian grew up in a modest home with seven siblings. She married Fraser Robinson III, and together they had two children: Craig and Michelle.

     Marian’s unwavering commitment to education shaped her children’s futures. Despite financial challenges, she and Fraser ensured that Craig and Michelle attended some of the best schools in the country. Their sacrifices paid off—both children graduated from Ivy League universities.

     When Michelle became the First Lady of the United States, Marian moved into the White House, becoming affectionately known as the “first grandma.” She brought normalcy to the lives of her granddaughters, Malia and Sasha. Barack Obama once praised her steadiness and perspective, saying, “A wisecrack from her reverberates around the room.”

On May 31, 2024, Marian Shields Robinson passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Her legacy endures—a remarkable woman who forever impacted the lives of those around her. Her privacy allowed her to live relatively freely in the White House, even as the president’s mother-in-law. Marian’s passing leaves a void, but her love, strength, and wisdom continue to inspire generations. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the Obama's, Robinson's, and any other close friends and family of Mrs. Marian Sheilds Robinson.

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