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Marian Shields Robinson

Marian Robinson
Born Marian Lois Shields
(1937-07-30) July 30, 1937
Chicago, Illinois
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
Rebecca Jumper
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.

Early life and education

Marian Shields was born in Chicago in 1937, the fourth of seven children—five girls, followed by two boys—born to Purnell Nathaniel Shields, a house painter, and his wife Rebecca Jumper, a licensed practical nurse, according to Steve Shields, her youngest sibling.[1] Ancestors had moved from Georgia to Chicago in the early 20th century during the Great Migration.

As a girl, Marian attended public schools. She married Fraser Robinson on October 27, 1960 in Chicago.[2] They had a daughter Michelle, and son Craig. Married, he has a daughter Leslie Robinson, and two sons, Avery and Austin Robinson.

Robinson formerly worked as a secretary for mail-order retailer Spiegel and at a bank.[3] Both she and her husband had extended families in Chicago, whom they saw frequently at holidays and other times.

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.[4] She is the first live-in grandmother there since Elivera M. Doud, the mother of Mamie Eisenhower, during the Eisenhower administration. Some media outlets have dubbed Robinson the "First Granny."[5][6]


  1. ^ Skiba, Katherine (March 8, 2010). "First grandma keeps low profile".  
  2. ^ LoBello, Lia (July 2, 2008). introduces you to the next president's relatives"Radar"First Families: .  
  3. ^ Saslow, Eli (February 1, 2009). "From the Second City, An Extended First Family".  
  4. ^ Swarns, Rachel L. (January 9, 2009). "Obama’s Mother-in-Law to Move Into the White House".  
  5. ^ Sherwell, Philip (January 14, 2009). "Michelle Obama persuades First Granny to join new White House team".  
  6. ^ "Will Obama mum-in-law make it a family affair in the White House?".  

Further reading

  • Swarns, Rachel L. (2012). American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-220465-3.

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