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Michelle Obama joined by daughters in new personal message following death of beloved mother Marian, 86

The former FLOTUS was incredibly close to her mom

Hanna Fillingham
US Managing Editor
June 4, 2024
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Michelle Obama has shared a fresh message with her fans on social media to thank them for their kindness and well wishes during a difficult time in her family. 

The former FLOTUS announced over the weekend that her beloved mother Marian Robinson had passed away aged 86, and she wrote on Tuesday that she and her family, including daughters Malia and Sasha, were thankful for the support they had received. 

She penned: "I just wanted to say thank you for all the prayers, kind words, and love that you all have shown our entire family these last few days. Every text, comment on social media, and beautiful tribute has brought us some light. It means so much to hear what a special woman she was to you all, as well. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you." 

Her sad death 

When she announced the death of Marian, Michelle penned a lengthy tribute message shared on her Instagram feed, which ended with the words: "There was and will only be one Marian Robinson. In our sadness, we are lifted up by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest of ours trying to live up to her example." 

Michelle went on to sign the message from her entire family, including her daughters Malia and Sasha, husband Barack Obama, her brother Craig and his family. 

Michelle Obama shared a new note with her fans following the death of her beloved mom Marian Robinson
Michelle Obama shared a new note with her fans following the death of her beloved mom Marian Robinson

Marian played a pivotal role in being a rock for Michelle and her entire family during Barack's time in office, and even moved into the White House to help take care of Malia and Sasha. 

Malia and Sasha kept grounded

Marian ensured that Malia and Sasha were kept grounded during their unique upbringing, and Barack opened up about his mother-in-law during a rare interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Michelle Obama and her late mom Marian Robinson
Michelle Obama and her late mom Marian Robinson

He said: "Marian didn't understand all the fuss. She was great to have around with the girls." He added: "Maybe one of my greatest successes, Michelle's greatest successes, in those eight years was raising these great girls, who don't have an attitude, don't feel entitled. 

U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Malia Obama, and Marian Shields Robinson attend TNT Christmas in Washington 2014 at the National Building Museum on December 14, 2014 in Washington, DC.© Getty Images
The girls adored their grandmother

"But part of it is because of my mother-in-law. If she saw them acting bratty, she's say 'You guys haven't done anything. Why are you acting special? You're just here for the ride.' And they'd suddenly go, 'You're right, Grandma,'" he continued. "She was a huge blessing." 

Michelle's original tribute was signed by her entire family, including daughters Malia and Sasha
Michelle's original tribute was signed by her entire family, including daughters Malia and Sasha

During a very rare public appearance on her daughter's podcast, Marian opened up about her granddaughters' childhood. 

She said: "I think the girls did really well with what they had to deal with. They pretty much just went about their schoolwork as just a normal child, even though the Secret Service was standing outside their door." 

Marian Robinson, Sasha Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama exit Marine One in 2015© Pool
Marian was a rock to Michelle and her family

Mother's Day tribute

Marian often attended public events with the family, and has an incredibly close relationship with her grandchildren. Most recently, Michelle paid tribute to her on Mother's Day in May, with a heartwarming message. 

The President Barack Obama and (L-R) daughters Malia and Sasha, mother-in-law Marian Robinson and first lady Michelle Obama look on during the national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. The lighting of the tree is an annual tradition attended by the president and the first family.
Marian even moved into The White House when Barack went into office

She wrote: "Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! My mom has always been my rock and I’m so grateful for all the ways she continues to show up for my family. 

"She’s taught me so much over the years, and I feel so lucky that I get to pass that same wisdom down to my own girls. To all the moms celebrating today, I hope you know how much you’re appreciated."

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