John McCain’s Mother Says Goodbye

Roberta McCain, the mother of late Sen. John McCain, died on Monday at the age of 108.

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

A spokesperson for Cindy McCain confirmed her mother-in-law died on Monday, although the cause of death was not immediately released.

A native of Muskogee, Okla., Roberta Wright was nearly 21 and a college student in southern California when she eloped to Tijuana, Mexico, in January 1933 with a young sailor named John S. McCain, Jr. He would go on to become a Navy admiral, like the father he shared a name with, and the couple would have three children — Jean, John and Joseph — within a decade.

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