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Roberta McCain, John McCain's mother, celebrates 108th birthday

Roberta McCain
Posted at 11:02 AM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 13:37:31-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Roberta McCain, mother of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, is celebrating a remarkable birthday Friday.

She turns 108 this year --- born Feb. 7, 1912.

McCain's last public appearance was at her son's funeral in 2018. Sen. John McCain died that August at age 81 after a battle with brain cancer.

In a 2005 book, Sen. McCain wrote proudly and lovingly of his mother:

My mother was raised to be a strong, determined woman who thoroughly enjoyed life, and always tried to make the most of her opportunities. She was encouraged to accept, graciously and with good humor, the responsibilities and sacrifices her choices have required of her. I am grateful to her for the strengths she taught me by example, even if I have not possessed them as well and as comfortably as she does.

Roberta McCain's husband, John S. McCain Jr., also served in the U.S. Navy, earning the rank of four-star admiral.

Meghan McCain wished her grandmother a happy birthday on Twitter Thursday morning.