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Marian Shields Robinson

Marian Shields Robinson

Mother of Michelle Obama and the mother-in-law of President Barack Obama
Marian Shields Robinson
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Intro Mother of Michelle Obama and the mother-in-law of President Barack Obama
A.K.A. Marian Lois Shields
Is Politician Civil servant
From United States of America
Type Politics
Gender female
Birth 30 July 1937, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Age 83 years
Star sign Leo
Family
Mother: Rebecca Jumper
Father: Purnell Nathaniel Shields
Spouse: Fraser C. Robinson III
Children: Michelle ObamaCraig Robinson
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Biography

Marian Lois Robinson (née Shields; July 30, 1937,) is the mother of former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and American basketball executive Craig Robinson. Through Michelle's marriage, she is the mother-in-law of former President Barack Obama. She is the maternal, and the only living grandparent of Malia Obama and Sasha Obama.

Life, education, and career

Marian Lois Robinson was born as Marian Lois Shields on July 30, 1937, in Chicago to Purnell Nathaniel Shields and his wife Rebecca Jumper. Her father was a house painter and her mother was a licensed practical nurse.

She has six siblings — four sisters and two brothers. Her youngest brother, Steve Shields, is a yoga teacher, hypnotherapist and master of the Japanese Reiki healing technique, and co-owner of Keystone Healing Center, at 4321 N. Keystone Ave in Chicago.

Robinson's ancestors had moved from Georgia to Chicago in the early 20th century during the Great Migration.

Growing up, Robinson attended public schools. In her adult life, she worked as a secretary for mail-order retailer Spiegel, at the University of Chicago, and at a bank. 

She married Fraser Robinson III, a Chicago water department employee, on October 27, 1960, in Chicago. They had two children together, Craig Malcolm Robinson and Michelle LaVaughn (later Michelle Obama), named after Fraser's mother. Both she and her husband had extended families in Chicago, whom they saw frequently at holidays and other times. Fraser had multiple sclerosis and died in 1991.

While Michelle and Barack Obama campaigned in 2008, Robinson tended her granddaughters. Early in January 2009, it was reported that Robinson would move into the White House with the rest of the First Family in order to provide further transition support for her granddaughters. She was the first live-in grandmother there since Elivera M. Doud, the mother of Mamie Eisenhower, during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration. Some media outlets have dubbed Robinson the "First Granny."

Robinson has made friends with Bill Clinton's former secretary, Betty Currie, who grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, and they attend performances in the president's box at Kennedy Center. 

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Article Title: Marian Shields Robinson: Mother of Michelle Obama and the mother-in-law of President Barack Obama - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
Website Title: PeoplePill
Publisher: PeoplePill
Article URL: https://peoplepill.com/people/marian-shields-robinson/
Publish Date: 03 Jan 2017
Date Accessed: 22 Jan 2021
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https://web.archive.org/web/20150913225958/http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-03-08/news/ct-met-first-grandma-0309-20100308_1_sasha-and-malia-marian-robinson-white-house
https://web.archive.org/web/20200416223348/https://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/us/dna-gives-new-insights-into-michelle-obamas-roots.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20190812083659/https://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/us/politics/08genealogy.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20090123152110/http://www.radaronline.com/features/2008/07/john_mccain_barack_obama_michelle_cindy_dunham_roberta_wrigh_04.php
https://web.archive.org/web/20200806004654/https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/obamas-mother-in-law-to-move-into-the-white-house/?hp
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