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John McCain's mother, Roberta, dies at 108

October 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 01: Roberta McCain, mother of Senator John McCain of Arizona, Republican presidential candidate, attends day one of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. The RNC will run until Sept. 4. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The late Sen. John McCain's mother died on Monday at age 108, according to his widow Cindy McCain.

(CNN)The late Sen. John McCain's mother died on Monday at age 108, according to his widow, Cindy McCain.

"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my wonderful Mother In-law, Roberta McCain," Cindy McCain tweeted.

Roberta McCain attended her son's funeral services in Washington after the Arizona Republican died at 81 from brain cancer in 2018.

The McCain matriarch was a frequent presence on the campaign trail when her son sought the presidency in 2008.

Though she mostly stayed away from her son's 2000 presidential bid, McCain was still known as a prolific traveler -- and a firm mother.

John McCain told CBS News in 2008 that he and his mother become very close in his early years.

And during his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination that year, he credited his mother for raising him while his father, John McCain Jr. , a Navy Admiral, was away.

"My friends, when I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother, sister and me would fall to my mother alone," McCain said at the time.

"Roberta McCain gave us her love of life, her deep interest in the world, her strength and her belief that we're all meant to use our opportunities to make ourselves useful to our country. "

In his final book, "The Restless Wave," McCain wrote that his mother's "main attributes are enthusiasm, wanderlust, and good genes. "

The late senator was far from Roberta McCain's only cheerleader in the family.

In a tweet wishing her grandmother a happy 107th birthday last year, Meghan McCain, a co-host of ABC's "The View," called her "the epitome of strength and grace, an American treasure and one of my life role models. "

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