Madelyn Payne Dunham was the last of Obama`s relatives who had a hand in shepherding a would-be president. Dunham and her husband took in their fledgling pre-teen grandson more than three decades ago and raised him until he left Hawaii for college.
Dunham, who helped raise Obama in the 10th-floor apartment where she died late Sunday night local time, was 86.
Obama announced the news from the campaign trail in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday. The joint statement with his half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng said Dunham died peacefully after a battle with cancer.
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Image: This undated photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama with his grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham in New York City, during a visit with Obama, who was a student at Columbia University.