Roberta McCain, the mother of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, has died. She was 108.
Her daughter-in-law, Cindy McCain wrote in a tweet:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my wonderful Mother In-law, Roberta McCain. I couldn’t have asked for a better role model or a better friend. She joins her husband Jack, her son John and daughter Sandy.”
CNN reports that Roberta, The McCain family, matriarch was a frequent presence on the campaign trail when her son sought the presidency in 2008.
A spirited woman, Roberta McCain regularly traveled, including a trip to Europe in her 90s.
“Do you want me to sit around and play bridge every day? Or discuss my last knee replacement? Or pass around pictures of my grandchildren?” she told CBS News in a 2008 interview alongside her son, John. “Well, that isn’t my choice of a way to live.”
She told Time in 2000 that when she read a portion of her son’s book on his time as a prisoner of war that described his captors with a slew of expletives, she told him,
“Johnny, I’m going to come over there and wash your mouth out with soap.””But Ma Ma, these were bad people,” he told her, by her account, but she stood firm.”He better never speak like that again, or I’ll smack him bald-headed,” she told the magazine at the time. “Of course, he almost already is.”
Roberta lived in my neighborhood and I would frequently see her at my bank. She was a fabulous old bird, I can attest to that. A real grand dame. When she entered the room everyone would oooh and ahhh and bow and scrape to her. Fabulous.