Marian Robinson, age 86, passes away.

Title: Marian Robinson, Loving Matriarch and Mother of Michelle Obama, Passes Away at 86

In a heartfelt statement, the family of Marian Robinson, the late mother of former First Lady Michelle Obama, announced her passing at the age of 86. Marian Robinson was a beloved figure in the Obama White House, residing there during the tenure of her son-in-law, President Barack Obama, to help watch over the first couple’s daughters, Sasha and Malia.

In a tribute on social media platform X, Michelle Obama expressed her profound loss, describing her mother as the “same steady backstop for our entire family.” The Obamas and their daughters shared a close bond with Marian Robinson, with her wisdom and grace shaping their lives significantly.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Marian Lois Shields pursued a career in teaching before transitioning into a secretarial role. She married Fraiser Robinson in 1960, and together they raised two children, Craig and Michelle.

Michelle Obama and her mother shared a strong bond, reminiscing about their childhood during an interview on “Good Morning America” with Robin Roberts in 2022. They fondly recalled simple family moments, such as sharing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at their kitchen table.

Marian Robinson was incredibly supportive when her daughter Michelle chose to marry a man who would eventually embark on a political career. On Election Night in 2008, as the world awaited the results that would see Barack Obama shoulder the weight of the presidency, Marian was by his side, providing a comforting presence.

When the Obamas moved into the White House, Marian agreed to move in to assist in raising the first couple’s girls. Despite her initial apprehension about the complexities of the White House, she soon became close with the staff, particularly the ushers and butlers who made the White House a home.

Marian Robinson returned to Chicago after the end of President Obama’s second term, remaining an active and integral part of the family’s life. Three weeks prior to her passing, Michelle Obama posted a photo on Instagram celebrating Mother’s Day with her mother.

The cause of Marian Robinson’s death was not immediately disclosed. She is survived by her children, her son and daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren. In their grief, the family finds solace in the extraordinary legacy of Marian Robinson’s life and strives to emulate her compassionate and supportive spirit.