Mary Manchin, the mother of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, passed away today, according to a news release from the senator’s office.
“Gayle and I, and our entire family, are saddened by the loss of my beloved mother who touched so many in her life, but we know that she is now in a better place.”
Manchin recently told radio talk show host Hoppy Kercheval his mother’s health was declining.
Just after Mother’s Day in 2010, an article in the Daily Mail lists Mary Manchin’s age as 87. The Daily Mail couldn’t immediately confirm her current age.
Then the governor, Joe Manchin told the Daily Mail at the time his mother was recovering well after suffering a stroke. At the time he said his mother wasn’t one for chitchat, but enjoyed reading, playing bridge, watching TV and athletics in her earlier years.
“She has always exercised, watched her diet and never been overweight,” Manchin told the Daily Mail at the time.
“She has good genes. Her mother lived to be 100.”
An excellent cook who relied on making everything from scratch, Mary Manchin worked well with John, Sr. to provide the senator with a privileged upbringing.
“My mother was the sportsperson and a tremendous athlete,” Manchin said at the time.
“She made sure we participated in every sport. Dad was always working.”
Mary and John Manchin, Sr. remained married for 60 years before John’s death in 2002. Joe Manchin is one of their five children: John Jr., Rock, Paula Llaneza and Janet Thompson, according to Daily Mail archives.