Hillary Clinton's Mother Dies at 92

Dorothy Rodham was born in Chicago in 1919

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    Chelsea Clinton, right, is joined by her grandmother, Dorothy Rodham, center, and her mother, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Chelsea's wedding day, Saturday, July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

    Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham, a long time Chicagoan, died shortly after midnight Tuesday in Washington D.C., according to a statement from the secretary of state's family.

    The 92-year-old was born in Chicago in 1919 and lived in suburban Park Ridge with her family.

    Rodham recently fell ill, causing Clinton to cancel a trip to London and Turkey. She died surrounded by her family, a statement said. Her cause of death was not disclosed.

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday called Rodham “a strong, determined, gifted person."

    "For her to have lived the life that she did and to see her daughter succeed in the pinnacle of public service in this country," Obama said, "I’m sure was deeply satisfying to her. My thoughts, Michelle’s thoughts, the entire White House’s thoughts go out to the entire Clinton family."

    To remember her, Clinton and loved ones will hold a private celebration for family and friends.

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy's memory to George Washington Hospital, the Heifer Project or to a local organization "meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children."

    "Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy's life and for the memories they will treasure forever," a statement read.