The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 12, 2014

Senator Manchin's mother passes away

Mary Manchin, the mother of current U.S. Senator and former West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., passed away Monday at the age of 91.

“Today, the good Lord brought my dear mother home to rest in eternal peace next to my father,” Manchin said in a released statement. “Gayle and I, and our entire family, are saddened by the loss of my beloved mother who touched so many in her life, but we know that she is now in a better place. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”

Manchin previously suffered a stroke in March 2010 at the age of 87.

She was married to John Manchin Sr. before his death in 2002.

Joe Manchin was one of their five children along with John Jr., Rock, Paula Llaneza and Janet Thompson.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., each issued statements passing along condolences to the Manchin family.

Rockefeller said, “I was very saddened upon hearing of Mary Manchin’s passing. She was a guiding force in Sen. Manchin’s life, an inspiration to her family and totally dedicated to her community and her state. Sharon and I join with West Virginians everywhere in offering our prayers for the entire Manchin family.”

Capito commented, “My heart goes out to Joe and his entire family on the passing of Mary Manchin. My family has been friends with the Manchin family for years, and I know Mary was a devoted, nurturing and loving mother. At this very difficult time, I am sending my thoughts and prayers to the Manchin family and encourage West Virginians to do the same.”

Rahall added, “Mary Manchin was more than an inspirational force upon her children, because at least with our Senator, she taught by example, applying her considerable love for athletics to mold his character, sense of fairness and winning attitude in life. In a state where faith and family mean everything, in the Manchin family, that is exponentially true. Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends, Joe and Gayle Manchin, their family and countless friends as we remember this precious and proud Mother, this gracious daughter of West Virginia.”

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