John McCain’s mother, Roberta McCain, dies at 108

Roberta McCain, the mother of former US presidential candidate John McCain, died today. She was 108.

Roberta McCain, mother of Sen. John McCain, watches as his casket is carried out of Washington National Cathedral in Washington following a memorial service on Sept. 1, 2018. (Photo: AP)

She was born on February 7, 1912 in Muskogee, Oklahoma before the family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1920s.

She married her husband John McCain Jr, in 1933, becoming part of a family that has a long history in the military.

Her husband was a four-star admiral when he retired in 1972, the same rank held by his father John McCain Sr. Her son Senator John McCain, who passed away in 2018, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, before making his foray into politics.

Roberta, whose twin sister Rowena died at 99, had three children. She was an active part of Senator McCain’s campaign, often accompanying him on stops during his bid for president.