Marian Shields Robinson
|Born||Marian Lois Shields
July 30, 1937
|Residence||1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.|
|Known for||U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's mother|
|Home town||Chicago, Illinois|
|Spouse(s)||Fraser C. Robinson III (1935–1991, m. 1960)|
|Children||Craig Malcolm Robinson (b. 1962)
Michelle Robinson Obama (b. 1964)
|Parents||Purnell Nathaniel Shields
|Relatives||Barack Obama (son-in-law)
Malia and Sasha Obama (granddaughters)
Marian Lois Robinson (née Shields; July 30, 1937) is the mother of Michelle Robinson and the mother-in-law of President Barack Obama. She is the only living grandparent of Malia and Sasha Obama. She also has one granddaughter, Leslie Robinson, and two grandsons, Avery and Austin Robinson, from her son, Craig Robinson.
Robinson was the fourth of seven children—five girls, followed by two boys—born to a house painter and licensed practical nurse, according to Steve Shields, her youngest sibling.
Robinson, now a widow, married Fraser Robinson on October 27, 1960. In addition to their daughter Michelle, they also had a son, Craig, the current coach of the Oregon State University men's basketball team. Robinson was formerly a secretary for mail-order retailer Spiegel and at a bank. While Michelle and Barack Obama campaigned in 2008, Robinson tended her granddaughters. Early in January 2009, it was reported that Robinson would move into the White House with the rest of the First Family in order to provide further transition support for her granddaughters. She is the first live-in grandmother there since Elivera M. Doud during the Eisenhower administration. Some media outlets have dubbed Robinson the "First Granny."
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