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Roberta Wright McCain (born February 7, 1912) is the widow of Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (married from 1933 to 1981) and mother of the Republican Arizonamarker Senator and two-time Presidential candidate John McCain.

Background

Roberta Wright and her twin sister, Rowena, were born in Muskogeemarker, Oklahomamarker on February 7, 1912. Her parents, Archibald Wright (1876 - 1971), a Los Angelesmarker oil wildcatter, and Myrtle Fletcher (1885 - 1972), were married in Cleburne, Texasmarker, on June 18, 1901.

Family

On January 21, 1933, she married Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. in Caesar's Bar, Tijuanamarker, Mexicomarker. She became the daughter-in-law of Admiral John S. McCain, Sr.

Roberta McCain had three children. Sandy McCain Morgan (Born 1934), John McCain (Born 1937), and Joe McCain (Born 1942).

Her son, John, was held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years. When notified upon his release on March 15, 1973, that he had shouted expletives at his captors, Mrs. McCain's response was, "Johnny, I'm going to come over there and wash your mouth out with soap."

John McCain has said 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." [498500]

Roberta campaigned during her son's 2008 presidential campaign, and remains active despite her advanced age. On October 22, 2009, Roberta was hospitalized in Portugalmarker after she fell and injured her head.[498501]

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