Hillary Clinton's mother dies at 92

Dorothy Howell Rodham

LOS ANGELES -- Dorothy Howell Rodham, whose daughter is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and whose son-in-law Bill Clinton was president of the United States, died Tuesday morning, the Clinton family announced. She was 92.

Born in Chicago on June 4, 1919, Rodham died shortly after midnight in Washington, surrounded by her family. Hillary Clinton had canceled a trip to London and Istanbul, Turkey, to be with her mother.

"Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself," her family said in a statement. "She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was -- a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother."

Dorothy Rodham was the daughter of Chicago firefighter Edwin John Howell Jr. and Della Murray, who divorced in 1927. The children were sent to live with paternal grandparents in Alhambra, Calif. Dorothy graduated from Alhambra High School in 1937 then moved back to Chicago where, after a failed reunion with her mother, she worked in offices.

In 1937 she met Hugh Ellsworth Rodham, and they married in 1942. They had three children, Hillary, Hugh and Tony, who were raised in suburban Park Ridge, Ill.