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John McCain's Mother Roberta Dies at 108 — See Daughter-in-Law Cindy McCain's Touching Message

Olowokandi Fiyin
Oct 13, 2020
06:08 A.M.
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Cindy McCain paid a heartfelt tribute to her mother-in-law Roberta McCain who passed away on Monday. Roberta died at 108, and she was the mother of the former Republican presidential nominee, John McCain.


Late Republican presidential nominee and former United States Senator John Sidney McCain’s mother, Roberta McCain, sadly passed away on Monday, October 12, after a long, full life.

Roberta, a devoted wife, and mother, who wholeheartedly supported her son’s naval career and political ambition, was 108 years at the time of her demise.

Roberta McCain at an interview on May 13, 2009 | Photo: Getty Images


Her daughter-in-law Cindy McCain confirmed the devastating news via a post on Twitter to pay tribute to the maverick. Honoring her late mother-in-law’s legacy, Cindy wrote:

“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.”


The tweet received over 47,000 likes and thousands of retweets with fans sending their condolences to the McCain family. Cindy followed her announcement with a statement to CBS News, where she lauded Roberta for inspiring her late husband and teaching him resilience.

After John Jr. passed away in 1981, Roberta continued on a spree of adventure traveling the world by road with her twin sister, who she lost in 2011.


Roberta wasn’t a politician, but she lived a daring and adventurous life. Born on February 7, 1912, Roberta eloped with Naval Admiral John Jack McCain Jr. when she was young because her family disapproved of their marriage.

John Jr. and Roberta often changed homes every few months, but she loved the thrill. They had three kids, Joe, Sandy, who died in 2019, and John, who passed away in 2018.

Roberta McCain, mother of Republican Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), departs a rally as part of the "Victory 2008" bus tour October 9, 2008 | Photo: Getty Images


According to reports, Roberta and her husband were enjoying a dinner at the Iran Embassy in London when she heard that her son John had been shot out of a plane and taken as a prisoner of war.

Although she heard of the news before the event, Roberta handled the information graciously and didn’t say a word to anyone at the meeting. However, behind the scenes, she wrote a letter to President Johnson to let him know that she and her husband wholly support his Vietnam policies.


After John Jr. passed away in 1981, Roberta continued on a spree of adventure traveling the world by road with her twin sister, who she lost in 2011. When she was told that she couldn’t rent a car because she was too old, the powerful matriarch bought the car to tour around.

Roberta was there for her son until his death. She wholly supported his presidential campaign in 2008, even though she refused to talk to the press. She always followed them on the road and interacted with the volunteers and staffers. May her soul rest in peace.