It was reported by CNN early Tuesday morning that Hillary Clinton's mother Dorothy Rodham was ill. It led to Clinton canceling trips scheduled to Britain and Turkey. Then a few hours later, it was reported that Rodham died.
Here's some good bits from the Washington Post's obituary:
Sturdy and down-to-earth, Mrs. Rodham was known among family friends for her sense of humor and curiosity, traits she passed on to her eldest child at an early age. Later in life, she grew close to her grandchildren, especially Chelsea.
Her grandmother, who was fond of black Victorian dresses and discouraged parties or visitors, once confined Dorothy to her bedroom for a year, with the exception of attending school, as punishment for trick-or-treating.
“We moved into this new house, new neighborhood, and she would come in crying and screaming about the fact that she’d been set upon by a group of children, mostly her age, and this one girl who was exactly her age, Suzy, across the street,” Mrs. Rodham recounted in a rare interview, on “Oprah” in 2004. “She came in one day, and I said, ‘You know, this is just about enough, Hillary. You have to face things and show them you’re not afraid.’ ”