Then-Republican presidential hopeful sen John McCain, R-Ariz., Talks with journalists after appearing on a TV program with his mother, Roberta McCain, left, in Washington, May 13, 2007.
John McCain ‘ s 106-year-old mother is expected to his memorial and burial services in Washington and Maryland this week.
Roberta McCain called her middle son, “Johnny.” The Vietnam prisoner of war, Republican Congressman, a senator and two time presidential candidate, died of brain cancer Saturday at the age of 81.
In one of his books, McCain wrote that his mother “was raised to be a strong, determined woman, life, enjoyed, and always tried to make the most of their opportunities.
“… my mother was raised a strong, determined woman, life, enjoyed, and always tried to make the most of their opportunities.”
– John McCain, based on his mother, Roberta McCain
“She was accepting, friendly and with good humor, the responsibilities and the sacrifices needed for their decisions from her,” he continued. “I am grateful to her strengths she taught me by example.”
But now she survived him, has said, Roberta, once again, that her son liked to hold her up as an example of “what he hopes his life will be”.
John McCain could have taken over his mother’s sass, wit, and rebellious.
He immediately, the phone to hear his mother say she was on a cross-country driving will be answered travel by themselves, in their 90s.
McCain wrote in his last book, “The Restless Wave”, released this year, that his mother, the “vivacity is a force of nature,” but that, although a stroke has slowed her speedy pace, talk of a “chore”, she still has “a spark in her, a brightness in her eyes, the light of the world, if you could back to your restless life.”
“Roberta is 106, but she is courageous,” a close friend of the family told People magazine.
Happy 106th birthday to my wonderful mother, Roberta – we love you mom! pic.twitter.com/HpZntLXHPZ
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) 7. February 2018
In February, tweeted McCain to celebrate a video tribute to the birthday of his mother.
“Happy 106th birthday to my wonderful mother, Roberta – we love you mom!”
Granddaughter Meghan McCain posted a tweet in honor of their “incredible Nana McCain,” and daughter-in-law, Cindy McCain called her a “real inspiration.”
McCain in 2008: More that connects us than separates us
Roberta was a vocal and energetic supporter of her son during his 2008 presidential campaign.
“Johnny is the President of the United States and he’s going to keep the traditions … and the standards high,” she said a lot of applause.
A native of Muskogee, Oklahoma., Roberta Wright was almost 21 and a 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 to a Marine admiral, as the father, he said the name, and the couple had three children — Jean, John, and Joseph — within ten years.
McCain’s mother moved the children, with her husband away on naval business most of the time. You didn’t complain, and loved Marine life. The family lived in Hawaii, and the Panama canal Zone — where the senator was born in 1936 in the year — to many points in between.
Roberta and her identical twin sister, Rowena Wright, who died in 2011, traveled together often around the world.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.