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Cindy McCain Remembers Mother-in-Law Roberta

Win McNamee/Getty Roberta McCain (left) and Cindy McCain in 2008

Hours after the death of her 108-year-old mother-in-law, Roberta McCain, Cindy McCain couldn’t fully fathom that the family matriarch was gone.

“You’re never ready for it,” Cindy tells PEOPLE. “Never.”

“She is going to be missed so much,” says Cindy, 66. “She was a force of nature and someone I loved being around.”

As Cindy prepared to fly east on Monday night to be with brother-in-law Joe McCain, who cared for Roberta for many years at her Washington, D.C., home before she died there Monday, Cindy shared that Roberta’s health had diminished in recent months.

“She was failing,” Cindy said Monday night. “[Joe] called me, maybe two months ago, and he said she’s really starting to decline. And so she just peacefully went to sleep today, that’s really what it was.”

A cause of death has not been disclosed. But there had been other recent health struggles: Earlier this year, Roberta — an adventurous woman into her late 90s, who vigorously campaigned for son John McCain when the Arizona senator ran for president in 2008 — was hospitalized with pneumonia and was slowed by a mild stroke suffered about 10 years ago.

“She was not living her best life,” Cindy says. “She hated the fact that she was unable to move around in the spirited way she was used to prior to getting sick.”

At the end of Roberta’s life “we never talked politics,” Cindy says. “It was grandkids and all those kinds of things.”

Roberta did not get to meet her newest great-grandchild, Meghan McCain’s daughter, Liberty Sage, who was born on Sept. 28. But she lived long enough to learn about the happy news.

“Joe told her that [Meghan] had a little girl and I was going to send him a picture, I have it sitting on my kitchen counter and I was going to FedEx her the baby in a frame,” says Cindy, who calls baby Liberty “adorable” and plans on meeting her this week.

When Roberta and Cindy met some four decades ago, the elder McCain made an immediate impression.

“I was so astounded about how beautiful she was; when I met her, she was in her ’70s — so poised and gracious and immaculately dressed,” Cindy says. “She was something else, and she endeared herself to everybody.”

Ida Mae Astute /Walt Disney Television via Getty From left: Roberta, Cindy and Sen. John McCain in 2008

As a mother-in-law, Cindy recalls a woman who “was always the kindest, nicest person to me.”

“Throughout the 40 years I knew her, she never said an angry word to me, ever,” says Cindy. “She always said words of encouragement. She always told me how nice I looked.”

“She was a sweet, loving person, and she was grateful I was with John,” Cindy continues. “I really hit the jackpot with her as a mother-in-law.”

Roberta’s close friend Greta Van Susteren told PEOPLE that “there wasn’t a place in

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Cindy McCain remembers her mother-in-law, Roberta McCain

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If anyone wondered where the late Sen. John McCain got his wit, grit, sharp tongue, or ability to withstand 5 ½years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam, they only needed to meet his mom. 

Roberta McCain, 108, who weathered her own heartache resolutely as her son “Johnny” was held captive in a war in which her husband served as commander of U.S. Pacific Command, died Monday.

She was a dignified, direct woman with inner-strength who raised her children alone while her husband was away at war and through numerous deployments, her daughter-in-law Cindy McCain recalled Monday. 

“People always marveled at John … someone of great distinction and dignity. He got all of that from her,” Cindy McCain told The Arizona Republic. “She was a woman of great substance and great character and dignity and he really did get that from her. She was a woman that was not just honest, but deeply thoughtful about doing the right thing. John’s very much her son, for sure.” 

Up until her death, she remained at her Washington, D.C., condominium where her son Joe McCain and a longtime caregiver helped care for her. 

In the kitchen, Roberta McCain made a mean curry. 

When it came to politics, she was a fixture in both of his campaigns for president. During her son’s first presidential run in 2000, she was so involved on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, she was assigned her own staff. 

On Monday, after news of Roberta McCain’s death spread, Cindy McCain fielded calls and text messages from across the nation from former campaign aides and staffers looking back with fondness at Roberta McCain’s energetic defense of her son. 

Roberta McCain will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband, John S. “Jack” McCain Jr., an admiral in the U.S. Navy and commander in chief of U.S. Naval forces in Europe who died in 1981.

Though elderly, she was a mainstay throughout his presidential campaigns and would sometimes dress-down her son — then in his 70s when he was the 2008 GOP nominee for president — when she disagreed with his public comments or campaign messaging. During that race, she was such a constant presence, the campaign assigned the candidate’s mother her own campaign bus. 

“We saw a few times on the bus and other places where if she disagreed with him in one-way or another … she’d make sure he knew it,” she said. “Here it is, her son’s running for president, she’s scolding him in the back of the bus. … She wanted to make sure that he was reminded. And John obviously loved her really dearly.”

Roberta McCain maintained her sense of humor, even when her age started to catch up with her.

Cindy McCain remembered rescuing her in Lisbon, Portugal in 2009, after her mother-in-law, an avid traveler, tumbled down a set of cathedral stairs at the age of 97. Cindy McCain remembered visiting her in

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RHOD ‘s Brandi Redmond Says 9-Year-Old Daughter Survived Car Accident That Killed Her Mother-in-Law

Brandi Redmond is asking fans to keep her family in their prayers.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, The Real Housewives of Dallas star took to Instagram and shared that her mother-in-law, Jill Marie Redmond, died in a car accident. She also noted that her 9-year-old daughter Brinkley, who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, survived.

“My husband’s beautiful mom has gone on to be with our Savior and my sister in laws said it best…so I PLEASE ask that you keep my family in your prayers during this difficult time,” she wrote, “and I ask that you lift my sweet Brinkley up as she continues to heal and that God protects her heart and eyes from this tragedy. I am so thankful for her life. This is probably the most thankful yet pain I’ve ever felt.”

The Bravolebrity did not share any further details regarding the accident or if the child suffered any specific injuries.

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In addition to publishing her own note, Brandi reposted a message from her sister-in-laws Lauren Cranford, Megan Hughey and Kristen Kosch.

“This is our mom, Jill Marie Redmond,” the post, which featured a series of photographs, read. “We spoke to her daily. To speak of her in past tense hurts beyond words. Hours ago we lost her in a tragic car accident. Thank you, Jesus, for saving our niece who was in the car with her.”

The women then went on to describe their mother. “To know our mom was to love her,” they continued. “She was a shining light to all who were lucky enough to know her. She loved so fiercely. She felt so deeply. And she loved Jesus with all her heart. Her world was FAMILY. She loved her 4 children and many grand babies to the depths of her soul, and she left us doing what she loved most- caring for her grand babies. We are in shock and are experiencing an indescribable pain.”

Cranford, Hughey and Kosch, who host the podcast Girl, I Slept in My Makeup, then informed their followers they were going to pause their show and thanked them for their support.

“In our mom’s honor, if you have a living parent please tell them how much you love and appreciate them, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight and always,” they concluded. “We love you. Shine bright and spread love and kindness.”

News of the accident came a week after Brinkley celebrated her ninth birthday. Brandi—who is also the mother to Brooklyn, 11, and Bruin, 2—marked the milestone with a heartfelt message. “Happy 9th Birthday @brinkley__redmond,” Brandi wrote at the time. “You are my sunshine. I love you so so so much and can’t believe 9 years have already gone by. Thank you for your sweet gentle soul that loves life to the fullest. You are EVERYTHING and I am so blessed to call you my daughter.

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‘Real Housewives’ star reveals mother-in-law died in crash, daughter recovering

“The Real Housewives of Dallas” star Brandi Redmond is asking fans for prayers for her family.

The 42-year-old TV personality revealed on Saturday that her 9-year-old daughter, Brinkley, was involved in a car crash that killed her mother-in-law, Jill Marie Redmond.

“My husbands beautiful mom has gone on to be with our Savior and my sister in laws said it best…so I PLEASE ask that you keep my family in your prayers during this difficult time,” she wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a gallery of sweet family photographs.

In the photos, Jill Marie Redmond can be seen with her children and grandchildren, often flashing a beaming smile.

Jill Marie Redmond in a family photo. (Instagram)
Jill Marie Redmond in a family photo. (Instagram)

Without revealing specific details regarding her daughter’s condition, Redmond asked her followers to keep Brinkley in their thoughts as she recovers from the accident.

“I ask that you lift my sweet Brinkley up as she continues to heal and that God protects her heart and eyes from this tragedy,” she wrote. “I am so thankful for her life. This is probably the most thankful yet pain I’ve ever felt.”

Redmond also reposted an emotional note from her three sisters-in-law — Megan Hughey, Lauren Cranford and Kristen Kosch — who shared the message on an Instagram account for “Girl, I Slept in My Makeup,” a podcast they host together.

“This is our mom, Jill Marie Redmond. We spoke to her daily. To speak of her in past tense hurts beyond words. Hours ago we lost her in a tragic car accident. Thank you, Jesus, for saving our niece who was in the car with her,” the podcast hosts wrote.

“To know our mom was to love her. She was a shining light to all who were lucky enough to know her. She loved so fiercely. She felt so deeply. And she loved Jesus with all her heart. Her world was FAMILY. She loved her 4 children and many grand babies to the depths of her soul, and she left us doing what she loved most- caring for her grand babies.

“We are in shock and are experiencing an indescribable pain,” they added. “In our mom’s honor, if you have a living parent please tell them how much you love and appreciate them, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight and always. We love you. Shine bright and spread love and kindness.”

Brandi and her husband, Bryan Redmond, share daughters Brooklyn, 11, Brinkley, who just turned 9 one week ago, and an adopted son Bruin, 2.

One week ago, the reality star celebrated Brinkley’s birthday with a sweet tribute on Instagram.

“Happy 9th Birthday @brinkley__redmond,” Redmond captioned a photo of her daughter on Oct. 4. “You are my sunshine. I love you so so so much and can’t believe 9 years have already gone by. Thank you for your sweet gentle soul that loves life to the fullest. You are EVERYTHING and I am so blessed to call you my daughter. Hope today and

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RHOD ’s Brandi Redmond Reveals Daughter, 9, Survived Car Crash that Killed Her Mother-in-Law

Brandi Redmond/Instagram Brandi Redmond and daughter Brinkley

Brandi Redmond is mourning the loss of her mother-in-law.

The Real Housewives of Dallas star, 42, revealed on Saturday that her mother-in-law Jill Marie Redmond died in a car crash. Although the reality star’s daughter Brinkley, who turned 9 earlier this month, was in the car at the time of the crash, she survived the impact.

“My husbands beautiful mom has gone on to be with our Savior and my sister in laws said it best…so I PLEASE ask that you keep my family in your prayers during this difficult time,” she wrote on Instagram Saturday, alongside a series of family photographs.

Although Brandi did not share any details about her daughter’s injuries, she asked her followers to keep Brinkley in their thoughts.

“I ask that you lift my sweet Brinkley up as she continues to heal and that God protects her heart and eyes from this tragedy,” she wrote. “I am so thankful for her life. This is probably the most thankful yet pain I’ve ever felt.”

In addition to her own message, Brandi also shared an emotional note from her sisters-in-law.

“This is our mom, Jill Marie Redmond. We spoke to her daily. To speak of her in past tense hurts beyond words. Hours ago we lost her in a tragic car accident. Thank you, Jesus, for saving our niece who was in the car with her,” her husband Bryan’s three sisters wrote.

“To know our mom was to love her. She was a shining light to all who were lucky enough to know her. She loved so fiercely. She felt so deeply. And she loved Jesus with all her heart. Her world was FAMILY. She loved her 4 children and many grand babies to the depths of her soul, and she left us doing what she loved most- caring for her grand babies. We are in shock and are experiencing an indescribable pain,” they added. “In our mom’s honor, if you have a living parent please tell them how much you love and appreciate them, and hug your loved ones extra tight tonight and always. We love you. Shine bright and spread love and kindness.”

A week before the crash, Brinkley celebrated her latest birthday.

“Happy 9th Birthday @brinkley__redmond,” her mother wrote in a loving Instagram tribute. “You are my sunshine. I love you so so so much and can’t believe 9 years have already gone by.”

“Thank you for your sweet gentle soul that loves life to the fullest. You are EVERYTHING and I am so blessed to call you my daughter. Hope today and everyday is filled with love laughter and blessings,” she added.

Brandi shares three children, daughters Brooklyn, 11, and Brinkley as well as 2-year-old son Bruin, with her husband Bryan.

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Alex Drummond Says “Yes to the Dress” With Ree Drummond, Sister Paige, and Future Mother-in-Law By Her Side

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Wedding bells are in the air for Ree and Ladd Drummond’s oldest child, Alex, and her now fiancé Mauricio Scott. While the pandemic has left the exact timeline for their nuptials up in the air—though the couple hopes to wed in spring of 2021—we’re happy to learn that Alex was able to enjoy a special day of wedding dress shopping in Dallas, Texas, this past weekend.

In classic Ree fashion, the proud mama chronicled the entire experience in a blog post over on ThePioneerWoman.com and we loved learning all the details about the joy-filled outing. For the appointment, Drummond joined her daughter Alex, along with her younger daughter Paige and Scott’s mom Martha at Warren Barrón Bridal.

“What made the shopping experience extra special is that Maurico’s mom Martha came along and joined us on the shopping trip. She just has her two boys, so Alex knew she would enjoy the wedding dress process. Martha is a gorgeous, kind person, and it’s been so wonderful getting to know her. We have fun together!” Drummond wrote in her recap of the experience, in which she also shared several photos.

“I can’t show you any more photos right now…but I can tell you that Alex found the perfect wedding dress, and we all loved it unanimously. It was (I believe) the fourth dress she tried on, and we knew almost instantly that it was the one,” she continued. So perfect was the dress in fact, that Alex cancelled the other two wedding dress appointments she originally had scheduled for the day. To sign off the celebratory play-by-play, Drummond concluded, “The wedding dress is beautiful, it’s perfect for Alex, and I can’t wait to show it to you. (Patience will be tough over the next few months!) It was nice to have a happy Saturday and look forward to the future!”

On social media, the bride-to-be also posted some photos from the day of wedding dress shopping with the simple caption, “I found my favorite dress ever today. @mauricioscott03 I can’t wait for you to see it!!!!”

In addition to the blog post, Drummond additionally expressed her excitement on Instagram, ending her caption with “It was so nice to look forward…to think ahead…and to imagine all the happy times ahead.”

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We’re so glad to hear Alex had a successful shopping experience. Indeed, during these tough times, the little magical moments seem that much bigger, and the bigger milestones seem all the more glorious.

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