John McCain's 106-year-old mother Roberta puts on a brave face as she attends her son's memorial service

The grieving mother looked visibly upset, and as she wheeled herself towards her son's casket, where she even made a cross with her hands over the casket blessing his final journey


                            John McCain's 106-year-old mother Roberta puts on a brave face as she attends her son's memorial service

It was quite a somber day at Washington D.C. as friends and family members of the late Senator John McCain said their goodbyes to him on Friday, August 31 at the US Capital, where he was laid in state. However, the most touching part of the entire memorial service was when his mother, 106-year-old Roberta McCain paid her final respects to her son. The grieving mother looked visibly upset, and as she wheeled herself towards her son's casket, where she even made a cross with her hands over the casket, while also saying her final goodbyes to her son. Roberta, a mother-of-three, was married to military serviceman John S. McCain Jr. until he passed away in 1981.

Roberta McCain (2nd L), the 106-year-old mother of John McCain, pays her respects to the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of her son, who lived and worked in Congress over four decades, in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a farewell ceremony and public visitation, on August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, a rare honor bestowed on only 31 people in the past 166 years. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Roberta McCain (2nd L), the 106-year-old mother of John McCain, pays her respects to the flag-draped casket bearing the remains of her son, who lived and worked in Congress over four decades, in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a farewell ceremony and public visitation, on August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. The late senator died August 25 at the age of 81 after a long battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, a rare honor bestowed on only 31 people in the past 166 years. Sen. McCain will be buried at his final resting place at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Before going to pay her respects to her late son, Roberta was seen sitting in the front row next to her granddaughter Meghan McCain. She kept consoling her granddaughter while Vice President Mike Pence was speaking on stage, by putting her hand on her granddaughter's hand as she wiped away tears, reports Hello Magazine. Before he died, John, in an old interview, had opened up about his mother a little bit. He spoke about how his mother, who has had a stroke in the past, is someone whose “vivaciousness is a force of nature.” Adding: “She still has a spark in her, a brightness in her eyes that would light up the world if she could resume her peripatetic life.”

(L-R) Meghan McCain is comforted by her grandmother Roberta McCain as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a ceremony for the late-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)
(L-R) Meghan McCain is comforted by her grandmother Roberta McCain as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a ceremony for the late-Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, August 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Senator John McCain passed away on August 25, after quite a battle with brain cancer. He was honored at his home state of Arizona, where he has been laid in state. His final private funeral service will be held on September 1, at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, post which, he would be laid to rest on Sunday, September 2, at the Naval Academy Cemetery.

Senator John McCain smiles while attending the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 10, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Senator John McCain smiles while attending the MLB game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 10, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.